One of the websites that I want to expose is http://www.nongmoproject.org/. From their domain name, Non GMO Project, we can tell that this website is held by a group of GMO activists, and thus the information they give would presumably be one sided and subjective.
On the homepage of the website, there are three advertisements of the company that run in turns. The first one asks people to register their company into this website since they are “North America’s Only Independent Verification of Non-GMO Products”, which is a way to give themselves “credibility” on GMOs. However, that does not do much work since the second advertisement says “Living Non-GMO”, which exposed their intention of educating people to live against GMO. The third advertisement is another introduction of the company, using keywords such as ‘non profitable”.
Going deeper into this website, we can find a section called “ GMO FACTS” where the site gives their definitions on GMOs, they vaguely describe the safety of GMOs, but dramatically state “How GMOs are responsible for ‘super bugs’ and how GMOs affect farmers…
Over 80% of all GMOs grown worldwide are engineered for herbicide tolerance. As a result, use of toxic herbicides like Roundup has increased 15 times since GMOs were introduced. GMO crops are also responsible for the emergence of “super weeds” and “super bugs:’ which can only be killed with ever more toxic poisons like 2,4-D (a major ingredient in Agent Orange). GMOs are a direct extension of chemical agriculture, and are developed and sold by the world’s biggest chemical companies. The long-term impacts of GMOs are unknown, and once released into the environment these novel organisms cannot be recalled.
We can find out that the NON GMO Project used people’s fear of “chemicals” to improve their credibility, but most educated people knows that chemical does not mean harm or poison by any means, it is all science. The manipulation of definition implies more on their intention of ask people to run against GMOs. What’s more, the typo “ “super bug:’ ” indicates that people who composed those words are not careful enough and there is also no proofread for the site.
So far, we can conclude that this site is trying to avoid the topics that indicates the benefits of GMOs, and extravagant the harms of GMOs. Their blog page, however, does not contain any evidence of those harmness. Most of their blogs’ topic is someone new joins the project, and do not have any post on solid evidences of how GMOs harm people or environment.
Any type of comments are welcomed.