Non-GMO Whiskey Is Dumb | Vol. 4 / No. 23.4

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It’s been a week, so this is more of an “I can’t even” and a link to something the inimitable Kevin Folta has written. Long story short: the whiskeys Wild Turkey, Buffalo Trace, and Four Roses are now being marketed as GMO-free.

Think about that for a moment.

1. All whiskey is GMO-free. Whiskey is made through distillation. Basically nothing makes it through to the end product except alcohol, water, and congeners. See also: the idiotic controversy over sugar from GMO beets.

2. Whiskey is roughly 40% ethyl alcohol. Alcohol is a known carcinogen. Worrying about GMOs in your whiskey is like wondering whether your tobacco leaves were properly washed.

Some days I just can’t even.

Go read Kevin Folta’s piece.


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Richard Ford Burley is a human, writer, and doctoral candidate at Boston College, as well as Deputy Managing Editor at Ledger, the first academic journal devoted to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. In his spare time he writes about science, skepticism, feminism, and futurism here at This Week In Tomorrow.