Quantcast

Has Bill Nye Changed His Mind on GMOs?

Food

If you watched the Bill Nye video, Eyes on Nye—GM Foods, or read the chapter in his new bookGenetically Modified Foods—What the GMF?, you'd be sure that Nye has grave concerns about genetically engineered foods or GMOs (genetically modified organisms). But, after a recent visit to the world's largest biotechnology seed company Monsanto, Nye appears to have changed his mind.

During a backstage interview with Real Timer Miles Leicher, after an appearance on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, Nye said:

"There's a chapter in there [his new book] which I'm going to revise. It's about genetically modified food. I went to Monsanto and I spent a lot of time with the scientists there and I have revised my outlook and I'm very excited about telling the world. When you're in love you want to tell the world."

Nye is referring to this chapter from his book:

"Genetically engineering food is controversial, as it should be. If you're asking me, we should stop introducing genes from one species into another ... Although we can know exactly what happens to any organism we modify, we just can't know what will happen to other species in that modified species' ecosystem."

Nye said he plans to make the changes to his book this fall. He concluded the interview by saying, "Let's change the world," and then flew off like an airplane.

Watch it here:

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

USDA Approves GMO Arctic Apples Despite Opposition

Chef Tom Colicchio Stands With Federal Lawmakers as GE Food Labeling Bill Is Reintroduced

12 Ways to Rid the Planet of GMOs and Monsanto’s Roundup

EcoWatch Daily Newsletter

A roller coaster on the Jersey Shore flooded after Hurricane Sandy. Photo credit: Hurricane_Sandy_New_Jersey_Pier.jpg: Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen / U.S. Air Force / New Jersey National Guard / CC BY 2.0

New Jersey will be the first state in the U.S. to require builders to take the climate crisis into consideration before seeking permission for a project.

Read More
The Director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Gao Fu speaks on Jan. 26 during a press briefing on studying the 2019-nCoV coronavirus and developing a vaccine to prevent it. Roman Balandin / TASS / Getty Images

Editor's note: The coronavirus that started in Wuhan has sickened more than 4,000 people and killed at least 100 in China as of Jan. 27, 2020. Thailand and Hong Kong each have reported eight confirmed cases, and five people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with the illness. People are hoping for a vaccine to slow the spread of the disease.

Read More
Sponsored
Healthline ranks Samoas, seen above, as the 11th healthiest Girl Scout Cookie. brian / Flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0

By Nancy Schimelpfening

  • Nutrition experts say healthy eating is about making good choices most of the time.
  • Treats like cookies can be eaten in moderation.
  • Information like total calories, saturated fat, and added sugars can be used to compare which foods are relatively healthier.
  • However, it's also important to savor and enjoy what you're eating so you don't feel deprived.

Yes, we know. Cookies aren't considered a "healthy" food by any stretch of the imagination.

Read More
Actress Jane Fonda is arrested during the "Fire Drill Friday" Climate Change Protest on Oct. 25, 2019 in Washington, DC. John Lamparski / Getty Images

When you see an actor in handcuffs, they're usually filming a movie. But when Jane Fonda, Ted Danson, Sally Field, and other celebrities were arrested in Washington, D.C., last fall, the only cameras rolling were from the news media.

Read More
A solitary Dungeness crab sits in the foreground, at low tide on an overcast day. The crabs' shells are dissolving because of ocean acidification on the West Coast. Claudia_Kuenkel / iStock / Getty Images

As the Pacific Ocean becomes more acidic, Dungeness crabs, which live in coastal areas, are seeing their shells eaten away, according to a new study commissioned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Read More