Celebrity chefs are blocking GM science, claims campaigner

By Michael STONES

- Last updated on GMT

Celebrity chefs and other leading opinion-formers are poisoning the debate about genetically modified (GM) food, claims environmentalist and author Mark Lynas.

In this exclusive video, filmed at the Oxford Farming Conference last week, Lynas told FoodManufacture.co.uk: “Celebrity chefs and middle-class food writers were communicating misinformation about GM.”

Such misinformation was blocking the introduction of GM food science, which could boost supplies of food worldwide while reducing inputs such as pesticide, fertiliser and diesel.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

TV chef and campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, gardener Monty Don and the Prince of Wales have all questioned the human and environmental safety of GM technology.

But Lynas said more than three trillion meals involving GM ingredients had been eaten in the past decade and a half without any adverse effect on human health.

GM varieties would be essential if farmers were to feed a predicted global population of 9.5bn by mid century without clearing huge areas of rainforrest for agricultural production, he said.

A former anti-GM campaigner, Lynas apologised to the audience for helping to lead the opposition to GM science in the 1990s.

Meanwhile, GM science is just one of the topics under discussion in a free webinar to take place at 11am GMT on Thursday January 24.

FoodManufacture.co.uk has teamed up with the Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) to help move the debate about controversial food science and technology topics onto a more secure scientific footing.

To book your free place, click here.

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1 comment

Yes. What would they know?

Posted by Jennifer Christiano,

Gee – asking chefs about food might be like, well, asking beauticians about hair, moms about kids or artists about paint. What would any of them know?

Since when did researchers in the labs, or at least those paid and gagged to say only what industry approves them to say, become the sole arbiters of 'truth'? Besides, conduct even a tiny amount of your own investigation, and find out that scores of scientists ARE screaming to get GMOs the heck out of our food supply. We have reams of hard evidence that GM's are harming wildlife and spreading uncontrollable 'superweeds' and 'superbugs'. They are also damaging livestock. There is all sorts of evidence that GM's are suspected to be causing problems with human health, but how to definitively prove that when the companies aren't required to let the public know which products are tainted?

By the way, the ONLY answer to the global food shortage is to bring the population into balance with the available amount of food. Raising the status of women and aggressively promoting birth control are the answers. Changing evolution is not!

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