The latest update in an ongoing pro-GMO campaign uses Nobel laureates to claim that Greenpeace is blocking the introduction of genetically modified Golden Rice into the market, while ignoring that globally, groups have criticized the legitimacy and effectiveness of this product. Respected commentators, Claire Robinson and Jonathan Latham, expose the Golden Rice sham and the players behind the campaign.
Robinson’s post features University of Washington anthropologist and friend of CAGJ, Devon Peña, who breaks down why the laureates in question do not have the qualifications to push for this GM product.
Links to the articles can be found below:
Pro-GMO campaign exploits Nobel laureates to attack Greenpeace and fool the people
107 Nobel Laureate Attack on Greenpeace Traced Back to Biotech PR Operators
Mark Lynas, claiming to be an early GM opponent, is now the biotech industry’s darling as he recants the errors of his ways.
In a speech given at the Oxford Farming Conference
, Lynas apologized for having “spent several years ripping up GM crops… [and for helping] to start the anti-GM movement back in the 1990s…”
The Gates Foundation has picked up the industry spin and in a blog
posted by Sam Dryden, the Gates Foundation’s director of agricultural development, Dryden discusses how “refreshing” it was to hear Lynas apologize for the “myths” he spread about GMOs during his time as a self-proclaimed anti-GMO activist.
AGRA Watch urges readers to visit Johnathan Matthews’ articles for GMWatch, The Repentant Environmentalist: Part one
and Part two,
in which Matthews debunks Lynas’ claims and discusses whether Lynas’ speech isn’t “best understood as a PR narrative.”
Additionally, the Bioscience Resource Project
has compiled a list of recent articles from experts putting the Lynas scientific misrepresentation into perpective.