Worrier King

Anyone else think Prince Charles is an ass?

Reading about his latest tirade against GM crops and the following quote, I think he’s actually a pretentious, ill-informed ass!

He says of GM developers:

If they think this is the way to go, we will end up with millions of small farmers all over the world being driven off their land into unsustainable, unmanageable, degraded and dysfunctional conurbations of unmentionable awfulness.

Enough hot air to power a veritable forest of wind farms!

And of course Prince Charles favours organic crops over GM – he makes lots of money from his organic ventures. Because growing and selling “organic” food is just a means of conning cash out of consumers because we’re led to believe that organic is better and harder to produce and therefore comes with a higher price tag. And, in my experience, I’ve never found so called organic food to be any better (in terms of either taste or health benefit) than food grown by any other means – just much more expensive!

The truth of the matter is that the world needs easy access to cheap and reliable sources of food. There is no way that organic methods can provide that resource. There doesn’t seem to be any real evidence that organic is better for you and I think that “going organic” is more of a lifestyle thing anyway. Prince Charles has the money to invest in any hair-brained scheme he finds favour with and can afford to dabble in organic cultivation. Other farmers, especially small scale producers and farmers in the developing world do not have the luxury of his wealth to fall back on.

Despite the Prince’s blather, there are indications that GM crops can provide answers to some of these problems. Despite his ignorant scare-mongering, there is no indication that GM crops have an adverse effect on people.

There may be some merit in his concerns about relying on massive corporations to provide our food but we already rely on such corporations! If he really wants to ensure that corporations do not gain control then he should be arguing for a means of breaking their existing hold by helping smaller producers to compete. Conning them into following his expensive organic leanings is not the way to do that. What he could do is renounce his wealth and claim to the throne and persuade the rest of his family to do likewise. Removing them from the equation would free quite a bit of wealth which could be redistributed amongst the masses and go a long, long way to helping the small producers he is so worried about.

New republic anyone?

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