Co-founder of Greenpeace, Patrick Moore, is now a supporter of biotechnology. The change represents an about-face move by the environmental leader regarding biotech, something the organization has opposed for years. Moore was the keynote speaker at this week’s Manitoba Special Crops Symposium in Canada.
Moore served nine years as President of Greenpeace Canada, and seven years as a director of Greenpeace International. As the leader of many campaigns, Moore was a driving force shaping policy and direction while Greenpeace became the world’s largest environmental activist organization.
When asked about genetically modified crops, he called the them “one of the most important scientific advancements society has made.” Moore expressed concern over Greenpeace attempts to block genetically modified crops. Referring to Golden Rice, he called the efforts by Greenpeace a “crime against humanity.”