The Risk-Monger

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This is the third in a series that looked at how the hazard-based regulatory approach has led to the contrapreneur pushing the precautionary principle to challenge the achievements of entrepreneurs. This irrationality is only possible in a world where expediency is the political virtue – Welcome to Brussels!

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An expedient policy process relying on precaution and hazard-based regulations has allowed contrapreneurs to cement their anti-innovation strategy at the heart of Brussels

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The organic lobby’s war on science and biotech follows a Neo-McCarthyist path of intimidation and propaganda. It is a dark day for research when individual liberties are sacrificed for a political argument.

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The Great Plague of London showed the precautionary principle at its worst when they killed the cats. Today environmental zealots seem to find delight in “drowning kittens”.

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The organic industry has tried to justify lower yields by shifting the argument towards the amount of food we waste. The logic is that we could produce enough organically to feed the world if we just stop waste. This logic is flawed.

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The Risk-Monger spent the day on a large Belgian farm having the opportunity to see the challenges and opportunities farmers are presently facing. I was able to tour the fields and barns, hear how they are trying to address sustainability questions.

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There is hypocrisy in the pesticide regulations when two natural but toxic pesticides used by the organic industry are clearly seen to kill bees and are still kept on the market. There is more evidence that the increased use of these organic toxins are responsible for pollinator declines than any synthetic pesticides like neonicotinoids.

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A recent BBC Panorama report shows the evident lack of science in Greenpeace’s position on GMOs. Former head of Greenpeace UK calls their position “morally unacceptable”. Kumi Naidoo needs to show leadership and accept the science on GMOs.

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Trust no one and demand a label. This is core to today’s transparency narrative. Why then do industries who are not trusted continue to think they can resist demands for labelling. The answer is simple – just label it. Most of us won’t bother to read the label and those who do would never buy your product anyway.

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The rise of NITS is a growing problem today and regulators do not know how to control their viral spread across the European Union and the US. Their ravaging of the landscape is threatening areas where economic affluence was once taken for granted. Scientists have tried many measures to control NITS, but this has only accelerated their proliferation. The tools we have to protect society against NITS are inadequate and they are able to adapt, breed, mutate and feed on their surroundings like locusts.

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Lobbying is unacceptable when an industry or organisation distorts the truth to gain an advantage. The organic food industry lobby has been doing this for years and no one seems to have taken much notice. Their main campaign in the US has 757 organic food interested groups banding together to misrepresent conventional farming and crop protection. This is unethical.

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Today EU Ombudsperson, Emily O’Reilly, lashed out against industry lobbying and promised to promote good lobbying. Partiality and bias should not be part of an ombudsman’s job title … she needs to be fired! But as only the bad lobbyists would make that call, her position is safe.

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Precaution as a policy tool has been manipulated to meet activist agendas. On climate and GMOs, we see two different, contradictory perceptions of precaution applied. How can activists deal with this contradiction?

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  May is parade month in Brussels, but one cannot help but already notice the impressive parade of stupid marching through this town, and nowhere more can this be better exemplified than in the activism surrounding bee health and neonicotinoid pesticides. For much of the last four years, campaigners have been falling over themselves using… » read more

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On Earth Day, the Risk-Monger has decided to defend environmentalists. In this blog he will show that they are not criminals but merely social deviants and, unlike many Western politicians, feels that they should not be incarcerated for their campaigns.

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As the European Commission DG Santé will soon review their disastrous precautionary ban of neonicotinoid pesticides (what the NGOs and activist scientists conjured up a bee crisis for), I only have one message to the man tasked with this re-evaluation: Farmers matter!

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The recent International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) publication on glyphosate (a chemical found in Monsanto’s Roundup) once again illustrates how international scientific bodies continue to put politics over science, run anti-industry witch-hunts and have become the playground for environmental activist predators using the cloak of an international body to try to give their campaigns a resemblance of credibility.