Mark Lynas is a British environmentalist and journalist, with impeccable crusader credentials. In the 1990s he took a leading role in the worldwide campaign against genetically modified foods, and won. They were Frankenfoods, products of corporate greed, a danger to all mankind. But now, a decade on, he has looked at the evidence.
“I want to start with some apologies,” Lynas told a British farming conference last month. “For the record, here and up front, I apologize 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 demonizing an important technological option which can be used to benefit the environment.