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Prince Charles hates GM crops, loves coffee enemas

Jul 01, 2014

The man who would be king hates GM crops.

Prince Charles has been waiting in the weeds to become king longer than any other prince in history. OK, not true, but it sure seems like it, and when your mother is 88 and can lick you in a sprint, you’re probably gonna be waiting a whole lot longer. Piling on, his grandma lived to be 101.

Safe money says Charles has a lot of time on his hands – enough to confuse scientific expertise with an accident of birth.

The latest news headlines are filled with stories of Charles pushing his anti-GM and climate change views through government channels and attempting to influence UK officials. No big surprise; he rolled out his view on GM crops and science long ago. His 2010 book "Harmony" was aimed at "the great juggernaut of industrialization" and he picked and chose his science at a rate befitting a royal trapped in a gilded echo chamber.

Whenever Charles speaks about science, he leaves a not-so-subtle scent of burning martyr hanging in the air, and seems to believe his view of science and "Harmony" are messianic fulfillments: "My entire reason for writing this book is that I feel I would be failing in my duty to future generations and to the Earth itself if I did not attempt to point this out and indicate possible ways we can heal the world."

 

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In 2008, acting as a self-appointed green prince, he accused agriculture corporations of a "gigantic experiment I think with nature and the whole of humanity which has gone seriously wrong."

He wants to go back to a world of traditional farming and traditional breeds – and he equates any GM deviation with the road to hell. "And if they think it's somehow going to work because they are going to have one form of clever genetic engineering after another then again count me out, because that will be guaranteed to cause the biggest disaster environmentally of all time."

Spouting rantings that only a royal could get away with, he once attributed Indian farmer suicides to "the failure of many GM crop varieties," despite studies and stubborn facts to the contrary. Rarely does Charles miss an opportunity to hammer climate-change deniers and bash any dissent as medieval, yet finds no incongruity with his own stance on genetically modified crops.

But then again, this is the same Charles that recommended coffee enemas as a cancer remedy. (But don’t forget the enemas must be chased with 13 shots of fruit juice per day and vitamin injections every week.) Fair to say that if Charles gets seriously ill, he probably won’t be calling for his footmen to come running with a can of Folgers and an enema bulb.

 

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