Unexamined Assumption: GMOs are Always Risky or Always Safe

This meme is clearly trying for an analogy between injectable Insulin, cheese enzymes, and modified soy bean oil. When it comes to evaluating the GMO technology in general, that is legitimate. Genetic engineering is not inherently dangerous. However, in the specific case of soy, some of the modifications really are dangerous.

Thanks to Fred Geisler to the information.


Bad Comparison: Chicken Eggs vs. Menstrual Blood

With one notable exception (breastfeeding), we avoid eating human bodily secretions. The idea disgusts us because human secretions usually:

  1. Have a negligible nutritional value for humans (because our bodies don’t waste valuable resources if they can afford it)
  2. Have lots of disease bearing bacteria, already adapted to living inside human beings.

This is completely not analogous to chicken eggs, which are very nutritious because the content is supposed to feed a fetus chick. Because our fetuses stay inside mama and get fed through the umbilical, the human analog would be to eat an aborted fetus (warning, disgustingly graphic picture).

However, I think most of us don’t think chickens and humans are equivalent. Although some people do appear to have bird brains.

I got the meme from Dawn Geisler, but the refutation is my own.

Wholly Misleading Half Truth: Supermarkets and Foods

This is factually wrong, because the relevant year is 1930. However, even if the meme had 1930, it would have been misleading. New York surpassed half a million by 1850. This means that by that point is was already too densely populated for people to grow their own foods. They must have bought it at a store, even if it wasn’t a supermarket.

I think that Joel Salatin’s issue isn’t with supermarkets, but with preservatives and long range food delivery. But meat has been sent long distances in the US at least since the civil war. Food canned in factories also has a longer history.