This is quite extraordinary. It is a post about an environmentalist, Mark Lynas, who according to the article had led the fight against GMOs [genetically modified organisms (I’m guessing what the “O” stands for)] who now says he was completely 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.
He’s not totally Mr Seen-the-Light since he makes this analogy, “to vilify GMOs is to be as anti-science as climate-change deniers” but it is remarkable all the same. No one on the left does this. Usually, to keep their friends and get invited to all the right parties, they just go quiet. Seldom do they put out 5000 word manifestos about how wrong they had been. Maybe it’s enough that he has swapped over to global warming to stay onside with the rest of his crowd. But still, you must give him credit for this, late to the party though he may have been:
The GM debate is over. It is finished. We no longer need to discuss whether or not it is safe. . . . You are more likely to get hit by an asteroid than to get hurt by GM food.
That’s about the same likelihood as drowning because the seas have risen, but that’s still an issue in play. Maybe twenty years from now we will hear from Michael Mann about how wrong the global warming scares had been (around the time the next ice age begins). In the meantime, this will have to do.