|I didn't see any studies about cassette tape genes. I'd just steer clear for now. (Source)|
In my many, many conversations on GMOs, I've found that confirmation bias isn't the only barrier, there's also a significant amount of conflation going on between what's specific to GMOs and what is just poor agricultural practice. For example, it's quite clear that pesticide resistant weeds (aka superweeds) are popping up on farms around the U.S. Certainly, growing Roundup Ready corn would logically facilitate the overuse of a single pesticide on a single area, but resistance will occur anywhere there's over-reliance on a single pesticide, and it's up to the particular farmer to rotate their crops to avoid this. Just because many have failed to do it doesn't mean that GMOs are the primary problem. On the spectrum of possibilities of genetic modification, in my view pesticide resistance is securely on the bottom, but let me put it this way: if we just simply banned them, totally removed pesticide resistant crops from all farms in the U.S., would we solve the problem of superweeds for all time? Obviously not. For every potential risk you've heard of about GMOs, ask yourself the same question. You'll almost always find that the problem comes down to general issues of large-scale agriculture.