"Our world has lost a fearless scientist who held closely to a code of ethics and was one of the earliest critics in genetic modification.

"It began in 1988 when he encountered the power of multinational corporations over the Canadian federal government, and their refusal to face serious risk assessments....In the course of 15 years, Joe became a thorn on the side of the US regulatory bodies Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA); he wrote dozens of detailed submissions on behalf of ISIS(Institute of Science in Society), admonishing against the releases of various genetically modified organisms including GM trees, GM salmon, GM crops engineered with drugs, etc.; and must have been largely responsible for any good these agencies have ever done. He was truly a pillar of Science in Society."

RIP Dr Cummins."

Prof Joe Cummins

Joe was also a speaker when ISIS was invited by Members of the European Parliament for a GM-free Europe [13] (Scientists and MEPs for a GM free Europe, SiS 35). He concluded with three succinct points for the future survival of humanity: the first is to eliminate systemic neonicotinoid pesticides, the second to eliminate Bt crops, and the third raised a hearty laugh: replacing all the bureaucrats that turn a blind eye to the plight of nature in favour of the biotech and the agrochemical industry.

Arty turns 11 this summer.