“It took me 10 years to really understand that the science wasn’t supporting what we activists were saying [about genetically modified food],” says Mark Lynas, a British journalist and a major player at the beginning of the anti-GMO movement, in a recent interview. He changed his views on GMOs when he started researching the science behind genetic modification. Now he campaigns around the world, fighting inaccuracies and outright lies that anti-GMO activists propagate.
The anti-GMO activists that Lynas has encountered are the same environmentalists who fervently support climate change science. The rejection of GMOs, Lynas says, is a “major failing” on the part of the environmental movement. It is so easy for environmental groups to align with climate change science because it also plays into their anti-corporate ideologies. This is not the case for GM food because in this instance, the corporations are on the side of science. Environmental activists let their anti-business, anti-corporate ideologies get in the way of scientific evidence, leading activist groups to continue to propagate misinformation and myths about GMOs.
Read the full, original story here: ‘The opposition to GM crops is not based on science… There is no substantiated case of a health impact, even so much as a headache’