With the prospect of a Monsanto/Bayer mashup GMOs are back in the news.
In an interview from 2015, former trader and risk management expert Nassim Nicholas Taleb presents what I think are some of the best arguments against GMOs. In this podcast Taleb tackles:
- The statistical errors found in scientific papers
- The need to apply the precautionary principle
- The unacknowledged risks of catastrophe
- The technological salvation fallacy
In short, it’s not about the health risks of eating a GMO corn chip. It’s more about the way we discount and misunderstand risk. Consider Taleb’s argument the biological equivalent of what happens in The Big Short (a film in Netflix that’s well worth viewing).
You can listen to Taleb’s interview and download it here.