Series: The Benevolent Side of GMOs
(This post is part of an ongoing series I began in April, 2013. The series begins here.)
My post today offers links to an excellent and informative blog based out of British Columbia called Allow Golden Rice. Golden Rice is perhaps the most benevolent of all GMOs. Lifesaving and blindness preventing, it has tragically become a pawn in a power struggle between activism and science that continues to play out while millions of people wait to have access to the rice. A click over to the Allow Golden Rice blog will teach you everything you need to know about this engineered wonder food.
The prominent German newspaper, the Frankfurter Allgemeine, put the Golden Rice campaign (the German version) on the cover of their Science and Nature Section. The linked article above was translated via google from its original German text into English. It is sometimes awkward in its syntax and structure but if you can get past the occasional “all of your base are belong to us” moments, the semantics are intact. The piece describes how the environmental group Greenpeace has shamelessly singled out Golden Rice as its flagship GMO poster child – to be used as a tool against all biotech – with dire consequences. The writer describes it as a ‘moral abyss’.
Written by Dr. Patrick Moore, a former leader, director and founding member of Greenpeace, this second linked post is an excellent and informative read as it chronicles the shift in Greenpeace’s mission. Once a humanitarian and peace affirming organization, Moore now suggests that his former brethren have gone completely off course.
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