Finally, after a 12-year delay caused by opponents of genetically modified foods, so-called “golden rice” with vitamin A will be grown in the Philippines. Over those 12 years, about 8 million children worldwide died from vitamin A deficiency. Are anti-GM advocates not partly responsible? Golden rice is the most prominent example in the global controversy over GM foods, which pits a technology with some risks but incredible potential against the resistance of feel-good campaigning.
Comments: The ECO-Luddites,the Greenie Weenies and the ignorant Leftists who hate ´big´ corporations & Capitalism are still trying to stop the real Green Revolution.
Just continuing the process which started with Mendel in the 1860s. One reason the Greens are effective in their fear mongering is that uneducated simpletons love to pretend they know more than actual scientists.
Remember Rachel Carson´s book Silent Spring? It stopped the use of DDT against malarial mosquitoes, resulting in the deaths of millions of African children over the decades. It seems that millions of dead children are a small price to pay for the self-satisfaction of liberals.
´...The cutoff between humanitarian and commercial use was set at US$10,000. Therefore, as long as a farmer or subsequent user of golden rice genetics does not make more than $10,000 per year, no royalties need to be paid. In addition, farmers are permitted to keep and replant seed...´
#2: the deaths of millions of third world citizens are a feature, not a bug of the leftist plan. Golden Rice can save lives, which means more people, which is the opposite of what the leftists want. All this death is their version of population control. They will obstruct all means of saving lives in these countries.
Remember that when they whine about AIDs in Africa. Every one of their programs was ineffective at best. George W Bush implements a multi-pronged approach that shows success and they throw as many monkey wrenches into it as they can.
Maybe golden rice is ok, but a lot of GM foods are wreaking havoc in many ways most of us are not aware. There is a huge movement to control the food supply for one thing and for another, a lot of GM foods are screwing with biodiversity as well as hurting a lot of poor farmers in third world countries. It is disingenuous to claim that everyone concerned about GM food is a "greenie" or eco-luddite. As I said, some GM is good and safe, but not all. Follow the money and the kickbacks. That said, is there no other way to get vitamin A to those children other than through the rice? Seems silly that they try to cover all nutrition needs with one commodity. What next? Soylent green?
I am a beekeeper, and we are especially concerned with the effect of GMO´s. You can´t be a beekeeper without being aware or concerned. I happen to have many conservative friends who are equally concerned that the food supply is becoming increasingly controlled by so few. We are not far from being without any choice. This is not a leftist issue. We all need to protect our freedoms, and GMO´s and their effects are not fully understood. Take some time to learn about what a huge issue this is.
For those claiming increased yield in GMO food as one benefit -- this puts that claim to the lie.
I will never support GMO food. It is not science. It is more along the lines of fantasy.
India’s Rice Revolution: India’s Poorest State Grows World Record Amounts of Rice – with no GM, no Herbicide http://healthimpactnews.com/2013/indias-rice-revolution-indias-poorest-state-grows-world-record-amounts-of-rice-with-no-gm-no-herbicide/
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