Absolutely brilliant assessment of how the left misrepresents the evidence to their favour, just as those on the right do similar vis-a-vie evolution and climate change.
Leigh somehow manages to cover almost every aspect of the GMO debate without the antagonism to boot. Something I could probably learn myself! It’s a mighty long read but well worth the 15-minute investment.
Some background: Last September, Red Pepper, a progressive UK magazine, published a brief article, “Silenced GM scientist speaks out against biotech coercion“, on its website about Gilles-Eric Seralini, the French molecular biologist sharply criticised by the scientific community for his infamous and headline-grabbing GMO-rat-tumour study, and promoting his British speaking tour. I’ve written for the magazine for many years and was furious that this discredited quack was being taken seriously by my colleagues. An extended email to the editors explaining the problems of the left-anti-GM position evolved into an essay for an upcoming print edition, which then turned into a multi-page debate between me and my friend Emma Hughes, a campaigner with the (really great) London-based environmental group Platform and who is also an opponent of genetic modification.
The print edition has finally come out, but due to understandable space constraints, the full essay had to be condensed.
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