NAICC: World of science enlightens former anti-GM campaigner
His questioning of organic principles goes to highlighting the notion there is more risk associated with modern technology. He believes that organic is holding back progress and halting innovation.
“Organic is also in the way when it is used to take away choice from others,” he said. “One of the commonest arguments against GM is that organic farmers will be ‘contaminated’ with GM pollen, and, therefore, no one should be allowed to use it.
“So the rights of a well-heeled minority, which come down ultimately to a consumer preference based on aesthetics, trump the rights of everyone else to use improved crops which would benefit the environment.
“I am all for a world of diversity, but that means one farming system cannot claim to have a monopoly of virtue and aim at excluding all other options.”