Sense about Science ? equipping people to make sense of science and evidence
VoYS writes to Horniman Museum
VoYS members wrote a letter to Horniman Museum asking them to review their interactive exhibition on the GM crops debate.
The 'Plantastic' exhibition at the Horniman Museum, aimed at children, allows vistors to explore the field of plant science and how essential they are for the world. One section, however, which addresses GM left VoYS members feeling concerned over non-evidence based information.
The section presents the views of different members of society. Of particular concern was the opinion of a medical doctor, ‘There is a danger of GM food could cause allergic reactions in some people’ and an ecologist alleging GM crops ‘might even be poisonous’.
The letter, sent in May 2015, was signed by over 30 VoYS members and offered to provide access to expertise for new, evidence-based content for the exhibition. The VoYS members got in touch with Horniman Museum and offered to assist the musuem because they feel strongly that such exhibitons remain a reliable source of information for young people.
Read the letter here.
Update: 9th July 2015
After some time The Horniman Museum responded to VoYS members but with a disappointing outcome. As the exhibition ends in November, they are unfortunately unwilling to modify the information presented. Read their response here.
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