One of the staunchest critics of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), environmentalist Mark Lynas, recently said he had been mistaken and that the threat of GMOs had been exaggerated by him and others for years.
According to an article on Slate.com, "If you fear genetically modified food, you may have Mark Lynas to thank. By his own reckoning, British environmentalist helped spur the anti-GMO movement in the mid-‘90s, arguing as recently at 2008 that big corporations' selfish greed would threaten the health of both people and the Earth.
Thanks to the efforts of Lynas and people like him, governments around the world - especially in Western Europe, Asia, and Africa - have hobbled GM research, and NGOs like Greenpeace have spurned donations of genetically modified foods. But Lynas has changed his mind - and he's not being quiet about it."
In an address to the Oxford Farming Conference earlier this month, Lynas began with an apology: "For the record, here and upfront, 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."