Which is pretty much equivalent to asking I wonder how many people who hate GMOs are pig-ignorant idiots [that not even beer-drinking can cure**]*? Admittedly, this question is only tangential to these allegations that – shock, surprise! – some strains of perfectly safe genetically modified wheat were likely introduced into an Oregon crop by the very junk science yahoos that think that we’re living in the middle of an Atomic Horror movie. It’s still a fun question to ask.
What’s that? Why do I think that the bio-Luddites did this, too? Well, it’s not like the darn stuff moved on its own, and… oh, let the actual scientists have their moment of scorn:
If it is impossible for GM wheat to have somehow migrated to that particular isolated farm, or to have spontaneously mutated, there could be only one logical explanation: an intentional surreptitious sowing of rogue RR wheat seeds for the purpose of promoting fear and suspicion of all gene-spliced products. This sort of agenda and tactics have won the day in Europe, which has adopted a Dark Ages approach to biotech agriculture, with activists burning GM crops like their forebears did to witches and infidels before the Age of Reason, screaming “frankenfood” as they do.
On the bright side: none of the aforementioned activists vote for Republicans. Be sure to point this out to the next progressive that wants to tell you about the Right’s War on Science. Try to point and laugh, if you can manage it.
Via Reason, via Instapundit.
*No, not all of them. Some of them are self-absorbed jackasses. Some are easily-frightened scientific illiterates. And some are jackpot winners in the Great Venn Diagram of Fail. And, OK, some of them are just wrong.
[**Addition added as per one of my readers, who raised an important point of order.]