Mark Lynas spent years destroying genetically modified crops in the name of the environment. Now he's told the world – and his fellow activists – that he was wrong. So why did he change his mind? And does he have any friends left?
A new report into the food colours market combining market expertise from Mintel and Leatherhead Food Research reveals that, for the first time in 2011, the value of natural colours has overtaken that of artificial/synthetic colours globally.
In a few months, golden rice – normal rice that has been genetically modified to provide vitamin A to counter blindness and other diseases in children in the developing world – will be given to farmers in the Philippines for planting in paddy fields.
An anti-GMO food activist has made a stunning turnaround. Mark Lynas, once one of the most outspoken critics of the GMO movement in both the UK and around the world, now believes genetically modified food is safe. The big question is whether his conversion is just a one-off or whether it is a sign that public scepticism about all things GM may be starting to shift.
After more than a decade in regulatory limbo, genetically engineered Atlantic salmon that grow faster than their naturally born counterparts moved closer to American plates, with the publication just before Christmas of a government report that found the fish wouldn't hurt the environment and would be safe to eat.