After a short video clip went viral last month of American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson defending GMO foods, the scientist took to his Facebook page to publish a statement speaking further on the subject.
As RT reported
last month, Tyson was caught on camera recently saying that critics of GMOs, or genetically-modified organisms, should "chill out."
"I'm amazed how much rejection genetically modified foods are receiving from the public. It smacks of the fear factor that exists at every new emergent science, where people don't fully understand it or don't fully know or embrace its consequences, and so therefore reject it," Tyson told a French interviewer originally.
"We are creating and modifying the biology of the world to serve our needs,"added the "Comos" host."I don't have a problem with that, because we've been doing that for tens of thousands of years. So chill out."Tyson's diatribe garnered hundreds of thousands of hits on YouTube in a matter of days, and this week he writes on Facebook that a number of the responses he received were geared towards particular aspects of GMOs, such as labeling and food safety, while discounting the true meaning of his remarks.