Royal rebel Prince Charles’s outburst against GM foods was mocked as an unscientific rant. But do his views deserve to be derided as green-ink ravings, or is he a green hero for our times?
For environmental campaigners who are also republicans, the Prince of Wales is a bit of a thorn in the flesh. He’s involved in just about all the principal issues – championing organic agriculture, supporting local produce, rainforest campaigning, and sounding off about GM foods. Whereas in the past it might have been possible to ignore him as an eccentric fellow traveller, these days his views often sound so like those of the leading environmental NGOs, that increasingly they are having to ask themselves: does he know what he’s talking about? Is he an asset or a liability?