Leading Activist Apologizes For Starting Anti-GMO Movement
Monday, March 25th, 2013
Posted by Hawaii Reporter
By Mark Lynas - I want to start with some apologies. For the record, here and upfront, I apologize for having spent several years ripping up GM crops. I am also sorry that I helped to start the anti-GM movement back in the mid 1990s, and that I thereby assisted in demonising an important technological option which can be used to benefit the environment.
As an environmentalist, and someone who believes that everyone in this world has a right to a healthy and nutritious diet of their choosing, I could not have chosen a more counter-productive path. I now regret it completely.
So I guess you’ll be wondering – what happened between 1995 and now that made me not only change my mind but come here and admit it? Well, the answer is fairly simple: I discovered science, and in the process I hope I became a better environmentalist.
The GMO hysteria-Luddism has the potential to cause more needless death and suffering than Rachel Carson’s deadly legacy, the DDT ban. And as with those who have needlessly died of malaria and other insect-borne diseases, the people who will needlessly die or suffer of preventable malnutrition diseases will be mostly Latin Americans, Africans, and South & East Asians.