Is the Green Party anti-science?


The Green Movement owes a great deal to science, but is sometimes portrayed as anti-science. This is primarily in connection with the opposition of many in the Green Movement to genetically modified food and nuclear power. However this opposition is not an opposition to science, but to these particular technologies. (More)

But a few articles want to weigh in to try to discredit Greens. Here’s one.  

The article implies we wouldn’t treat cancer properly. Not so . However, chemical and radiation treatment is particularly aggressive, and there is more to say, without having to watch the entire series of Breaking Bad!  One example, the placebo effect is a well-honoured effect in medicine, and often a tribute to the power of the human mind as well as the body. What a number of alternative therapies do is seek to harness that and strengthen it. No-one in the Green Party is talking about an aromatherapy cure for cancer, for example! I’m not aware of any CLAIMS for alternative medicine that Greens are backing.

That article is distinctly pro-GM which, in the single form of high fructose corn syrup is America’s biggest health problem, in my opinion (we don’t have it here, nor GMOs generally). The Green Party regards GM as a major environmental problem, polluting natural genes (there have been a number of legal cases). The economic warfare in GM agriculture is marked too, with famers having to adopt a system, often deliberately bred into the seed, and farmers in poorer countries being prevent ed from keeping seed for the next generation.  

The author may be confusing the descriptor “anti-science” with the phrase “anti-huge economic benefits for the various multinationals concerned.” To which we would put our hands up.

Our health policy is here. Read it,. See what you think.

Stem cell –  the author, back in 2009 (the article), also attacks Greens for being anti-stem cell. I had to look it up but here it is:

“The Green Party acknowledges the existing and potential future benefits to humans and other animals from stem cell technologies, using both adult and embryonic cellular material. These benefits include direct medical advances, improved non-animal testing methods for new medical treatments, and the advancement of knowledge. However, we also emphasize the importance of continuing ethical regulation, adequate government funding, and transparency of research in the areas of embryonic and adult stem cell technologies, to protect donors and the public health.”

Not unreasonable.

Martin Deane



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