Discussing Organics and Biotech with Alex Avery


As you all know the debate around food safety continues to rage on.  As we have discussed on this site before, the debate many times comes down to the discussion around combating the theory by many consumers that organic food is more healthy and better for the environment.  What we see on tv is people like Michael Pollan talking about the safety of organic food as if it has been verified scientifically for generations.  To me Pollan’s viewpoints and arguements are extreme.  I sometimes ask myself why do I never hear extreme pro modern agriculture commentators.

Well enter Alex Avery.

When I was at the Tiffin Conference in Lethbridge back in March I had the chance to talk to Alex Avery from the Hudson Institute about the organic versus modern farming debate. It will not take you long to figure out where Alex stands but I think it is important that we do consider some of the things that he says just like we do with Pollan.

I think most people sit in the middle between the views of Pollan and Avery.  People really just want safe food whether it is biotech or organic.  People like the idea of choice and it is not an all or nothing proposition. There will never be a world without biotech or without organics.

I will post more of my interview with Alex in the future.  Let me know what you think of his comments and whether his viewpoints are accurate or misaligned with your feelings.

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