If I were a food activist, I could spout of “FACTS” as absolute truths and people would take them as gospel and help spread misinformation to the masses.
If I were a food activist, I could outright lie and not be held accountable.
If I were a food activist, I could share statistics and studies without providing accurate sources (or any at all!).
If I were a food activist, I could demand honesty and transparency and not give the same in return.
If I were a food activist, I could not care about a farmer’s right to choose how they farm and petition to take away their choices.
If I were a food activist, I could act like an expert but have no actual experience or knowledge in agriculture, nutrition or biotechnology.
If I were a food activist, I could have an ‘army’ of followers that fall for my lies and help me spread them.
If I were a food activist, I could ignore respectable requests for discussion because I refuse to talk about science and reason.
If I were a food activist, I could accuse anyone with an opposing view point of being a shill and getting paid for their opinion, when I myself am actually getting paid to host a Twitter rally.
Sometimes I get a bit snarky when I see the things that self-proclaimed food activists say. Their reach in social media is growing by the day and I just keep hoping that we can counter the misinformation that gets put out there. There’s no need for name-calling or bullying (though some of these people show no mercy), but accountability needs to be there when they have the influence that they do. How is it ethical to consciously mislead people with lies?
I am pro-food choice. I always have been. If you want to eat local grass-fed, free-range organic food—good for you, it’s great we have that choice. BUT, you don’t have to slander the choices I make to raise and buy conventional foods that are safe and affordable for my family. There are so many people in this world that do not have any food choices. It is truly a privileged problem to complain about the food we already have and to try to take safe food choices away from consumers.