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Genetic escapism

Dick Taverne's GM fantasies are emblematic of his failure to recognise the unsustainability of modern agriculture

By Jonathon Porritt   December 2007

The pro-GM lobby has always had a tendency to shoot itself in the foot. From Monsanto’s bully-boy tactics trying to force its GM products on reluctant EU countries back in the 1990s, through to today’s inept combination of legal threats and would-be seduction, the GM lobby knows how to alienate people more effectively than any other sector. Dick Taverne operates comfortably in this tradition.

His starting point is simple: that anyone who has reservations about the use of genetic modification (GM) in agriculture is simply “anti-science.” Taverne then attributes to GM opponents an almost superhuman capacity to whip up fear…

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