A leading environmental activist recently admitted he'd been quite wrong to launch the movement against genetically modified foods. As reported over at Slate, Mark Lynas began his remarks at the Oxford Farming Conference this week with a bang:
I want to start with some apologies. For the record, here and upfront, I apologise for having spent several years ripping up GM crops. I am also sorry that I helped to start the anti-GM movement back in the mid 1990s, and that I thereby assisted in demonising an important technological option which can be used to benefit the environment.
As an environmentalist, and someone who believes that everyone in this world has a right to a healthy and nutritious diet of their choosing, I could not have chosen a more counter-productive path. I now regret it completely.
So I guess you’ll be wondering—what happened between 1995 and now that made me not only change my mind but come here and admit it? Well, the answer is fairly simple: I discovered science, and in the process I hope I became a better environmentalist.
It's to his credit that he admitted his error and apologized for the damage he'd caused.
I have to admit error with family members and friends quite a bit. It's embarrassing but it's a good practice. It's definitely better than stubbornly persisting in error once you know better.
But have you ever had to admit error in such a grand fashion?
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