In agriculture, there are many hot button issues. One of the biggest is between the pro-and anti-GMO advocates. Studies have shown that it is difficult to change peoples’ minds once they have formed a strong opinion on a subject, such as the use of genetically modified food crops.
Mark Lynas was once an opponent of GMO’s, organizing protests and even participating in crop vandalism. However, after some time submerged in research, he has changed his mind:
It is now apparent, from 20 years of safety research and hundreds of scientific papers, that, in the words of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, “the science is quite clear: crop improvement by the modern molecular techniques of biotechnology is safe.”
Mark Lynas’s opinion article, “Why I Turned From GM Opponent to Advocate,” is part of Sci.Dev.Net’s global debate on “What’s wrong with GM?” It’s definitely worth your time.