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Genetic Advice from an Inbred

Dominic Lawson: The Prince is entitled to his views – but not his ignorance - Dominic Lawson, Commentators - The Independent

Prince Charles would argue that he is motivated by a concern for humanity – and I don't doubt his sincerity or passion. Still, it was shocking to hear this multi-millionaire Gloucestershire organic farmer denouncing India's "Green Revolution" – the plant-breeding precursor to GM pioneered by Norman Borlaug. It was these techniques that saved millions in the sub-continent from the famines which slaughtered so many of their ancestors, and for which Borlaug received a Nobel Prize.

I can do no better than quote Professor Borlaug's remarks about those who denounced his work as destructive of traditional methods: "They've never experienced the physical sensation of hunger. If they lived just one month amid the misery of the developing world, as I have for 50 years, they'd be outraged that fashionable elitists back home were trying to deny them these things."

Nothin to add except that on September 27, 2006, the United States Senate by unanimous consent passed the Congressional Tribute to Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Act of 2006. The act authorizes that Borlaug be awarded America's highest civilian award, the Congressional Gold Medal. On December 6, 2006, the House of Representatives passed the measure by voice vote. President George Bush signed the bill into law on December 14, 2006, and it became Public Law Number 109–395. According to the act, "Dr. Borlaug has saved more lives than any other person who has ever lived, and likely has saved more lives in the Islamic world than any other human being in history."

Charles could learn a lot from him....


I admire his work on architecture, the Prince's Trust and the forces. I used to admire how well he dressed but now find it over the top. But his views GM, nanotechnology and homeopathy do him no favours.

or we could try remembering Monsanto's wonderfully patented seeds, genetically modified not to reproduce fertile seeds so that any farmer using them always had to go back to monsanto to buy more and of course such GM plants couldn't possibly cross contaminate any other plants of a near species could it.

A fitting tribute to a great man....feeding the hungry isn't what lefties are about.

Indeed. The point Charles missed is that GM is for Monsanto to take ownership of everything.

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