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5 Dangerous Green Myths

First Posted: 01/17/09 05:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 01:55 PM ET

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Can you tell the difference between eco fact and eco fiction? With the green movement growing in momentum, we frequently come across any number of statements repeatedly presented as conventional eco-wisdom, statements we often do not question. Sometimes there is a ring of intuitive truth to these statements, which turns out to be false upon further examination. Other times, after a public debate, one aspect of an issue wins out over other equally important aspects--or the nuance gets lost. Then there is the guerrilla marketing approach: a particular industry simply puts out a message with such frequency that eventually it becomes accepted, regardless of truth.

Whatever the cause, some of these statements are powerful enough to rise to the level of green myths, and the line between fact and fiction gets blurred. These five in particular are causing tremendous global harm, but there are many more out there. We encourage readers to add to this list in the comments.

Green Myth #1: Genetically Modified Crops Have Higher Crop Yields and Help Reduce Poverty
While Prince Charles' statement that expanding the use of genetically modified crops will be the "biggest environmental disaster of all time" does have a touch of hyperbole in it, nonetheless the benefits of genetically modified crops have been exaggerated, to say the least. In terms of having higher crop yields, and reducing hunger or poverty the evidence simply doesn't support the claimed benefits of GM crops.
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