US “Right to Know” (US-RTK) is a lobby group opposed to genetic modification (GM), and with the mandate to implement mandatory labelling of foods produced using GM technology. The organization has requested public records (such as emails) going back to 2012, from public university scientists who are engaged in educating the public about GM technology.
Dr. Kevin Folta, a professor and researcher at the University of Florida, is one of the 14 scientists the group has targeted. The following is from a conversation with Kevin regarding the RTK tactics, as well as his thoughts on the role of the scientist and public perceptions about genetic modification.
â€‹AWB: What are your thoughts regarding the Right to Know demand?
AWB: Do you think this is about fear of the science, or is it based in dislike for corporations?
AWB: Do you think people trust scientists?
AWB: Why do you feel that it's important to defend GM technology?
AWB: Would you encourage other scientists to get involved?
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