GMOs

Environmental Writer and Campaigner, United Kingdom

Mark Lynas is the author of three major popular science environmental books: High Tide (2004), Six Degrees (2008) and The God Species (2011), as well as the Kindle Single ebook Nuclear 2.0 (2012). Six Degrees won the 2008 Royal Society science books prize and was made into a documentary film voiced by Alec Baldwin on the National Geographic channel. Mark was climate change advisor to the President of the Maldives, former political prisoner and democracy campaigner Mohamed Nasheed, from 2009 until the coup that deposed Nasheed in 2012. He has contributed extensively to global media, writing for the Guardian, New York Times, Washington Post, Bangkok Post, Philippines Inquirer, Daily Nation (Kenya) and numerous others. He is a visiting fellow at the Alliance for Science, Cornell University, which is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Why anti-GMO activists are the new climate deniers

Anti-scientific attitudes are not the exclusive preserve of the political Right. While climate deniers are mostly right-wingers, campaigners against vaccines and GMOs are often left-wing liberals. What motivates these attitudes and why have they proliferated? Mark Lynas - a former anti-GMO activist as well as climate writer and campaigner - explains his personal story in tracing the origins of this classic 'post-truth' phenomenon and suggests ways pro-science voices can be strengthened in future.