There is an excellent article in the Economist that hones in on the irony of the way in which people invoke science in today’s policy setting. The need to use modern scientific information to understand climate change and take action to adapt to its impacts, particularly in agriculture, and to mitigate it is obvious.
In the case of GM, some of the same people who invoke science on the climate change topic choose to ignore the outcomes of the vast majority of research regarding the need for and safety of GM. “In the field of climate change, environmentalists insist that the scientific consensus should frame policy. They should follow that principle with GM crops, and abandon a campaign that impoverishes people and the rest of the planet,” says the Economist.