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GMO advocate Mark Lynas at CIMMYT 50th anniversary conference

August 25, 2016


EL BATAN, Mexico (CIMMYT) — British environmental writer and  campaigner Mark Lynas will deliver a keynote address about the GMO controversy at CIMMYT’s 50th Anniversary conference in September.

Lynas is a former anti-GMO campaigner who during the 1990s destroyed genetically modified crops and targeted Monsanto in Britain. He made worldwide headlines in 2013 when he publicly changed his mind and apologized for his earlier anti-GMO activism.

Lynas will explain his about-turn on GMOs, outline the history of the anti-GMO movement and explain why he believes it is fundamentally anti-science and must not be allowed to set national agricultural priorities. He will also give examples of how he believes the genetic modification of crops can help farmers in developing countries address climate change, reduce pesticide use and improve harvests.

Today, Lynas travels around the world defending science and scientists from attack by ideological interest groups.

He is visiting fellow with the Cornell Alliance for Science at Cornell University in the United States, which is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, for its work in promoting agricultural development and reducing poverty and hunger.

This will be his first speaking visit to Mexico and he will be available for media interviews.

Mark Lynas will speak on September 29, 2016 at 15:45 CDT (20:45 GMT) at the Camino Real Polanco Hotel in Mexico City.


Julie Mollins

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CIMMYT 50th Anniversary Conference: Turning research into impact

WHAT: About 500 scientists, government officials, farmers and members of the international agriculture for development community will gather to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) at a three-day conference in Mexico. This special event will focus on how complex socio-environmental challenges of the future will affect agricultural research for development, smallholder farmers and crop yields.

THEME: Turning research into Impact: Past, present & future

WHEN: September 27 to 29, 2016

WHERECamino Real Hotel, Mariano Escobedo 700, Col. Anzures, Mexico D.F. 11590



CIMMYT, headquartered in El Batan, Mexico, is the global leader in research for development in wheat and maize and wheat- and maize-based farming systems. CIMMYT works throughout the developing world with hundreds of partners to sustainably increase the productivity of maize and wheat systems to improve food security and livelihoods. CIMMYT is a member of the 15-member CGIAR Consortium and leads the Consortium Research Programs on Wheat and Maize. CIMMYT receives support from national governments, foundations, development banks and other public and private agencies.


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