In this week’s NYT Sunday Review, British author, journalist, and environmental activist Mark Lynas recounts how he was converted to genetically modified food.

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A lifelong environmentalist, I opposed genetically modified foods in the past. Fifteen years ago, I even participated in vandalizing field trials in Britain. Then I changed my mind.

After writing two books on the science of climate change, I decided I could no longer continue taking a pro-science position on global warming and an anti-science position on G.M.O.s.

There is an equivalent level of scientific consensus on both issues, I realized, that climate change is real and genetically modified foods are safe. I could not defend the expert consensus on one issue while opposing it on the other.

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Read the rest at the NYT. See also Keith Kloor’s 2012 piece for Slate, which continues to be relevant: “GMO Opponents Are the Climate Skeptics of the Left.”


Contact the author at rtgonzalez@io9.com.

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