A powerful piece from on the story of Golden Rice and the antediluvian efforts to stymie its progress
Mindless opposition to GM crops exposes the misanthropy & anti-intellectualism of legacy greenism. The strange case of Golden Rice, which at last may be given the chance to save the lives of 100,000s of children - Quillette via
Given the scale of human suffering Golden Rice could address, there may be no better example of a purely philanthropic project in the whole of human history. My article for
Superb piece by for about the scandalous, ideologically-driven delay in approving Golden Rice, a GMO crop that will save hundreds of thousands of lives
This is the shocking story of how greens campaigned against an innovation that they knew could save hundreds of thousands of lives.
GM Crops Like Golden Rice Will Save the Lives of Hundreds of Thousands of Children |
We live in Topsy-Turvey Land: Golden Rice and other GM crops could save hundreds of thousands of lives, and are much better for the environment... and yet many environmental activists oppose them. Via
“One study calculated that in India alone 1.38 million person-years of healthy life had been lost for every year the crop has been delayed." Anti-GMO activists have killed a *lot* more people than GM crops ever have.
Any day now, the government of Bangladesh may become the first to approve the growing of Golden Rice. If so, this would be a momentous victory in a long and exhausting battle to tackle a huge human health problem
“The story of Golden Rice is deeply, deeply shocking. This is not a story of incompetence and ignorance, but of an antediluvian hostility to science and technology. In the end, though, the evidence in favor of Golden Rice proved absolutely overwhelming.”
Golden Rice was developed as a humanitarian, non-profit project in an attempt to prevent somewhere between 200,000 and 700,000 people, many of them children, dying prematurely every year in poor countries because of Vitamin A deficiency
GM Crops Like Golden Rice Will Save the Lives of Hundreds of Thousands of Children
"With some difficulty, they cleared the many intellectual property hurdles, getting firms to waive their patents so that the rice could be sold or given away."
One study in 2008 calculated that in India alone 1.38 million person-years of healthy life had been lost for every year Golden Rice has been delayed.
“In 2017, a group of 134 Nobel-prize winners (now expanded to 150) called on Greenpeace and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Program to ‘cease and desist in its campaign against Golden Rice.’”
Golden Rice has been ferociously opposed by opponents of GM foods and, partly as a result, has been tied up in red tape for 20 years. In India alone 1.38 million person-years of healthy life had been lost for every year the crop has been delayed.”
Matt Ridley: The story of Golden Rice is deeply, deeply shocking. In the end, though, the evidence in favor of Golden Rice proved absolutely overwhelming.