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InsiderOnline Blog: January 2013

Major Propagandist Against Genetically Modified Food in the 1990s Changes His Mind

Mark Lynas told the Oxford Farming Conference this week that he was wrong:

I want to start with some apologies. For the record, here and upfront, I apologise 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. [MarkLynas.org, January 3]

Posted on 01/04/13 11:53 AM by Alex Adrianson

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