The Organic Fetish: Why the Negative Reaction to GMOs is Unfounded

1. Introduction

The ‘organic fetish’ is a chapter in the book titled Denialism by Michael Specter. The chapter analyses the organic food movement and their negative reaction towards GMOs.

The organic food movement has been gaining momentum in recent years. More and more people are becoming interested in organic food and its production methods. There are various reasons for this, but one of the main ones is the negative reputation that GMOs have gained.

GMOs have been demonized by the media and some members of the scientific community. This has led to a lot of misinformation about them, which has in turn driven people away from them. However, there is no evidence to support the claims that GMOs are dangerous. In fact, they have been shown to be safe and beneficial to both humans and the environment.

The organic movement is largely driven by wealthy elites who can afford to pay premium prices for organic food. These elites are often out of touch with the realities of food production, and they don’t seem to care about the negative impacts that their actions can have on poor farmers and consumers.

One of the biggest problems with the organic movement is their negative reaction to GMOs. They have orchestrates a campaign of fearmongering and misinformation about GMOs, which has led to a lot of misconceptions about them.

Some members of the organic movement claim that GMOs are ‘unnatural’ and ‘artificial’. However, this is not true. All plants and animals have been subjected to artificial selection by humans for thousands of years. GMOs are just another form of artificial selection, and they are no different from traditional breeding methods.

Another common claim made by the anti-GMO crowd is that GMOs are untested and unsafe. This is also not true. GMO crops have been extensively tested and they are safe for human consumption. In fact, they are often more nutritious than their non-GMO counterparts.

The organic movement also claims that traditional breeding methods are superior to GMOs. However, this is simply not true. Traditional breeding methods are very slow and inefficient, whereas GMOs can be developed much faster and they are more precise.

The Gates Foundation has been one of the biggest supporters of GMO crops. They have invested billions of dollars in research and development, and they have helped to commercialize numerous GMO crops.

One reason why the Gates Foundation supports GMO crops is because they offer a way to improve food security in developing countries. GMO crops can be designed to resist drought, pests, and diseases, which makes them much more resilient than traditional crops. This means that they can provide a steadier supply of food, even in times of crisis.

Another reason why the Gates Foundation supports GMO crops is because they offer a way to reduce poverty in developing countries. By increasing crop yields, GMO crops can help smallholder farmers to earn more money from their harvests. This extra income can be used to pay for school fees, healthcare, and other basic needs.

The Gates Foundation has also provided support for GM crops that were designed to improve nutrition in developing countries. For example, Golden Rice was developed to address Vitamin A deficiency, which is a major problem in many parts of the world. Golden Rice is fortified with Vitamin A, which makes it much more nutritious than traditional rice.

The future of food production is likely to be a mix of traditional, organic, and GM crops. However, it is important to remember that GM crops are not the enemy. They offer a lot of potential benefits, and they should not be demonized by the organic movement.


Organic food is defined as food that is produced without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers.

The organic food industry has grown rapidly in recent years, with sales increasing by double digits each year.

Some of the benefits of eating organic foods include improved health, decreased exposure to toxins, and support for sustainable agriculture.

There are some downsides to eating organic foods, including higher prices and sometimes lower availability.

I think some people have a fetish for organic foods because they believe that they are healthier and more natural than non-organic foods.