Patrick Moore on GMO, Sustainable Energy and Pop Environmentalism

At first glance, Patrick Moore resembles more CEO than ecologist, but give him a topic like the opposition to genetically modified crops, and you get all the emotion you’d expect from someone who helped found Greenpeace.
Moores involvement with Greenpeace started in the late 1960’s in opposition to nuclear testing and the arms race and expanded with his role as a director and campaign leader into successful campaigns against toxic waste dumping and the slaughter of whales.

As time went on, Moore began to become disillusioned with what he calls the confrontational approach of sensationalism and emotion that Greenpeace was taking. He also felt as though his fellow Greenpeace directors were adopting positions he couldn’t accept. Citing those reasons, Moore left Greenpeace in 1986 to pursue what he describes as a consensus model for finding solutions to environmental issues. Out of that, GreenSpirit Strategies was born.

I spoke with Dr. Moore at the spring series of the Tiffin Conference in Lethbridge, Alberta about some of the issues that he feels should be a concern for all of us.  As a founding member of GreenPeace, Patrick Moore has some very interesting perspectives on environmentalism, sensationalism and what the truth really is.

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Shaun Haney

Shaun grew up on a family seed farm in Southern Alberta. Haney Farms produces, conditions and retails wheat, barley, canola and corn seed. Shaun Haney is the founder of RealAgriculture.com. @shaunhaney

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Shaun Haney

Thanks Andy, Patrick Moore is a very interesting man. His path of greenpeace to pro-technology is very interesting and compelling.

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Colin N. Clarke

Impressive comments from a very well informed man. His inside knowledge of environmental activism and his practical knowledge of science and research make for an extremely compelling case. Dr. Moore’s approach of placing humankind on par with the environment is entirely refreshing. So often humankind is painted by activist groups as a plague on the earth. I appreciate how he describes “people” and science as being part of the solution. Great interview.

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wayne

I would like to see a debate between Mr. Moore and Mr. Huber about GMO’s and glyphosate. Do you think you could set that up Shaun!!!

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Peter emblow

I listened to your interview on brisbane ABC about co2. I loved your arguments, however; are we cutting down too many essential carbon sucking forests. I reckon we can pump the shit out but we MUST grow our forests, not just grain, we also need the critters of course. In your opinion, which I value, do our forests rate with your stats.? Can our diminishing forests sustain all creatures, great and small. Maybe I watch too much Aton bro. You are the most sensible person I have listened to on this subject. Keep up the good work.
Sincerely
Peter emblow

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