Anyway, watching Channel 4's What The Green Movement Got Wrong last night I felt very much like the Other Son. The documentary was a celebration of the fact that two notable green campaigners – Mark Lynas and Stewart Brand (creator of the Whole Earth Catalog) had finally come round to appreciating that some of the key tenets of their Green religion were flawed and had in fact done more harm than good.
GM crops such as "golden rice" and vitamin-enhanced millet, they cheerily conceded, were not evil "Frankenfoods" after all but a vital way of averting malnutrition in the Third World.
Nuclear power, they agreed, was way more efficient at producing clean energy than the coal alternative. Furthermore, the fuss about Chernobyl had been horribly overdone.
The near global ban on DDT – inspired by Rachel Carson's junk science bestseller Silent Spring – had caused millions to die of malaria.
And so on.
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