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Ivo Vegter Looks at Environmentalist Mark Lynas' Apology for His Anti-GMO Activism

Extreme EnvironmentIvo Vegter has written an article for the Daily Maverick about the speech that environmentalist Mark Lynas made at the Oxford Farming Conference on 3 January. Lynas, who helped to establish the movement against genetically modified crops (GMO), apologised for the years he spent campaigning against GMO and attributed his change of heart to “discovering science”.

Vegter explains the difference between “light green” and “dark green” environmentalists and looks at whether or not environmentalists’ perceptions of global warming are also changing:

Finding something to write about is always hard when you return from holidays. I, for one, prefer to spend a fortnight or so away from the information overload of a columnist’s daily life, perhaps to relax with the gentler rigour of Project Euler, or to get lost in books about New York’s rats and the Piltdown forgery.

My thanks, therefore, go to Mark Lynas, for a speech he gave to the Oxford Farming Conference on 3 January 2013.

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