When former UK environment minister Owen Paterson addressed the climate sceptic Global Warming Policy Foundation last night, his diatribe on global warming and demands to ditch emissions targets were based on far-fetched arguments. Greenpeace would undoubtedly call this "data manipulation". But the environmental group has a problem. In employing similar tactics in its campaign against genetically modified crops, it has undermined its own scientific credibility and its ability to shoot down Paterson.
The group's virulent opposition to GM crops, which it claims are a "threat to human and environmental health", are no more grounded in scientific consensus than Paterson's assertions on climate change.