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Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Emerging Sanity in Europe?

It may be too early to say, but perhaps the green wacko movement has started to peak in Europe. Just look at this speech in the European Parliament(!) by a Labour Party(!) MEP on the approval of a type of GM corn:

Where GM crops can benefit the environment or the consumer they should be permitted, provided, always, that they meet our tough tests.
The anti-GM campaigners say consumers do not want GM products. If that is so then the market should decide. [..]
Too many anti-GM campaigners indulge in tactics which should have gone out of fashion at the end of 17th century witch hunts. They merge new age mysticism with anti-scientific mumbo jumbo and hope that if they scream loud enough and long enough it will drown out rational argument.
The answer to them is to improve Britain's dismal record of scientific education, not to cave into their pseudo-logic. That way more people will be able to make their own well-informed judgements on the science without having the wits frightened out of them by a rag bag alliance of the reactionary and the science-phobic.
Amen, brother. I would love to hear a Canadian politician speak as plainly as that. Instead we have idiots like David Anderson funding these anti-scientific groups, when not engaging in similar nonsense themselves in federal bureaucracies and the CBC.

Posted by Kevin Jaeger on April 28, 2004 in Science | Permalink


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