A leading critic of food-processing procedures now says he was wrong on the science. And Mark Lynas says his activism against genetically modified organisms did real damage by smearing an important technological development that could actually help the environment rather than endangering it..
Lynas, credited for getting the anti-GMO movement going in the mid-90s, spoke to the Oxford Farming Conference on Thursday, bluntly apologizing for his campaign against GMOs for several years and confessing that he was simply wrong regarding the politically-charged foods.
"As an environmentalist, and someone who believes that everyone in this world has a right to a healthy and nutritious diet of their choosing," he told the crowd, "I could not have chosen a more counter-productive path. I now regret it completely."
Lynas's movement, spreading throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia, has inspired heavy restrictions, if not outright bans, on GMOs. He now says the movement was explicitly anti-science, and went as far as to compare anti-GMO activists with climate-change deniers.