He stridently pushed the idea that plants could be forced to acquire characteristics that they had not demonstrated before through what he ignorantly called “environmentally acquired inheritance.
On September 13, 2019 Cameron English posted the article, GMO, CRISPR-edited crops can cut pesticide use—if environmental activists do not block them. He explained that in 2017, the University of Florida plant geneticists Zhonglin Mou and Kevin Folta, announced a new method to fight common diseases in fruit plants. Their discovery could drastically reduce the use of fungicides if widely implemented by growers. Unfortunately, their methods may never be put to use as a result of the unwarranted controversy surrounding crop biotechnology. Scientists continue to make agriculture safer and more sustainable with the tools of modern genetics, but activists have waged [...]
The problem with regard to consistency get larger as we come to realize that whatever they support is permitted; whatever they oppose violates the Precautionary Principle. They support windmills; therefore there is no violation. They oppose fracking; therefore it violates the principle.... In the view of activists and regulators, regulations exist to delay, block or destroy things they oppose. The fact that regulatory actions may well cause prolonged energy deprivation, poverty, unemployment, disease, malnutrition or premature death is irrelevant to them.