TED – the group responsible for TED Talks, which are known for inspiring, challenging, and often providing alternative views of thinking – is discouraging any discussion about GMOs and/or how proper nutrition can treat ailments and behavioral disorders in children.
In an email to the TEDx community, the TEDx Director and TED.com Editor identify food science as a “red flag topic,” which is not banned but should be carefully scrutinized, should any speakers propose talks “…including:
- GMO food and anti-GMO foodists
- Food as medicine, especially to treat a specific condition: Autism and ADHD, especially causes of and cures for autism”
The guidelines are intended to exclude (some explicitly so) alchemy, time travel, religious zealots who try to use science to prove the validity of their religious beliefs and practices, and other health hoaxes. None of these topics meet the first “mark of good science” identified in the letter: “It makes claims that can be tested and verified.”
But anti-GMO views can make that claim, and do not belong on this list. There is scientific research that concludes that genetically modified foods have devastating health effects and can lead to cancer. The belief that genetically modified foods are dangerous is quickly becoming mainstream.
And while the belief that raw milk is safe for public consumption is not even close to being accepted by the mainstream, thousands of pro-raw milk anecdotes can be “tested and verified.” Two large European studies that show that children who drink raw milk have less asthma and allergies have proven a need for more scientific research on the issue. It is disappointing that TED, which has produced many talks that have challenged mainstream ways of thinking, would deny its audiences a chance to examine such an important issue relating to food choice.
Read the full letter here:
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