Minnesota Farmer

Greenpeace founder supports GMO’s
April 21, 2010, 9:29 pm
Filed under: Ag education, Farm, genetic modification, GMO, science

Patrick Moore, ecologist and co-founder of Greenpeace, says that “the campaign of fear now being waged against genetic modification is based largely on fantasy and a complete lack of respect for science and logic.”

Moore joined over 3,000 scientists from around the world in signing a Declaration in Support of Agricultural Biotechnology, saying that, “In the balance it is clear that the real benefits of genetic modification far outweigh the hypothetical and sometimes contrived risks claimed by its detractors.”

Moore, who is now an environmental consultant, was a founding member of Greenpeace. He served for nine years as President of Greenpeace Canada and seven years as a Director of Greenpeace International. Recently, however, he broke with Greenpeace, accusing it of abandoning science and following agendas that have little to do with saving the Earth.

Reiterating comments he made to the New Zealand Royal Commission on Genetic Modification, Moore said, “Genetic modification can reduce the chemical load in the environment, reduce the impact on non-target species, and reduce the amount of land required for food crops.” He added, “There are so many real benefits from genetic modification compared to the largely hypothetical and contrived risks that it would be foolish to ban genetic modification.”

Other signers of the Declaration of Scientists in Support of Agricultural Biotechnology (www.AgBioWorld.org) include Nobel Prize winners Norman Borlaug, James Watson, Paul Berg, Peter Doherty, and Paul Boyer.


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