ARTICLE: Mark Lynas – Speech to the Oxford Farming Conference 2018
The following is an excerpt of a speech given by former Greenpeace activist (and now GMO supporter) Mark Lynas detailing how parties on both side of this issue can come together more:
- Environmentalists accept the science of GMO safety, and scientists in return need to accept that politics matter in how scientific innovations are deployed.
- We drop national GMO bans and instead allow fully informed choices to be made by consumers in the marketplace via rigorous labelling and full traceability.
- We all get over the Monsanto obsession but make a much more serious effort to start getting off the chemical treadmill and moving farming onto more sound ecological principles.
- We agree to support public sector and non-corporate uses of genetic engineering where these can clearly contribute to environmental sustainability and the public interest.
- We support all forms of agriculture that aim to find ways towards greater sustainability. Let a hundred flowers bloom.
- We stop the name-calling. Let’s avoid using the term anti-science in particular. Anti-GMO activists are not opposing the scientific method in general, they are opposing a particular technological innovation.
- Let’s make ethical objections to genetic engineering explicit and in the process recognize real-world trade-offs about where we do and don’t use this technology.
To read Lynas' entire speech, please visit his website.