Ted Cruz Defends GMOs, Calls Anti-GMO Proponents ‘Anti-Science Zealots’

At a recent agricultural summit in Iowa, the presidential contender didn’t refrain from name-calling as he defended Monsanto and GM crops.

Credit: The Washington Times

Credit: The Washington Times

There can be no confusion on where Ted Cruz stands concerning the controversial cultivation of genetically modified crops (GMOs). At a recent agricultural summit in Iowa, the Republican presidential hopeful used the words “anti-science zealotry” to describe the viewpoint of the 90%+ Americans who want GMOs to be labeled. 

He told his audience through The Washington Post not to let “anti-science zealotry” shut down GMOs. This remark came around the time major food corporations were campaigning against labeling GM crops as a result of Vermont’s mandatory bill going into effect this July.

The Senator also said that the anti-GMO movement is driven by “hysteria.”

Such a statement is intriguing, considering that so many people are against agrochemical companies like Monsanto, Dow, and Syngenta, as well as the food companies who have spending thousands – if not millions – to block food transparency.

Regardless, Cruz stated:

“People who decide that is what they want, they can pay for it already, but we shouldn’t let anti-science zealotry shutdown [sic] the ability to produce low-cost quality food for billions across the globe.”

Again, an intriguing statement, as it’s been proven that GMO crops do not, in fact, improve crop yield. Read more about that here.

S.D. Wells had this to say on the issue:

“The term anti-science is pure propaganda from Monsanto, regurgitated by Cruz, and doesn’t even make sense. If health enthusiasts are ‘anti-science,’ then GMO proponents are ‘pro-genocidal-science.’ Hitler used science, too, to exterminate over 6 million innocent people. Are people who are against that type of science also ‘anti-science’?”

As the 2016 elections approach, GMO labeling will, undoubtedly, continue to be a key issue that millions will demand answers on, as Natural Society reports. It’s clear where Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz stand on the issue; Bernie Sanders, however, is the only candidate pushing for mandatory GMO labeling.

In the past, Sanders has said:

“When parents go to the store and purchase food for their children, they have a right to know what they are feeding them. GMO labeling exists in 64 other countries. There is no reason it can’t exist here.”

The Senator from Vermont also favors small and mid-sized family farms, regional food systems, and stopping the domination of the food supply by the few large corporations. In addition, he opposes trade deals like the TPP that would force America to accept agricultural products from countries that have little quality control or regard for workers’ rights.

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