Puns aside, they really do take the gloves off and accuse Greenpeace of being little more than mass murderers.
More than 100 Nobel laureates have come together to sign a letter accusing Greenpeace of “crimes against humanity” for the environmental group’s anti-scientific stand against genetically modified organisms, in particular the group’s effort to stop the use of a kind of rice aimed at eradicating vitamin A deficiency, a scourge that has killed millions in the last decade and blinded tens of millions more. The victims, according to the World Health Organization, are mostly children and pregnant mothers.
And why, pray tell, would anyone be against supplementing the diets of millions of people with enough vitamin A so that they do not go blind or die? Because the best way to do this is with a genetically modified crop called Golden Rice, and environmentalists see GMO’s as the work of the devil.
This seems like a pretty significant event to me. Rarely do you see scientists brave enough to go after leftist’s pet causes and institutions. That may be just how egregious Greenpeace’s actions have been.
But let’s be open minded about this. Let’s pretend for a moment that GMO’s are not perfectly safe as all of the studies have shown. Maybe they will cause cancer a few decades down the line (even though there has been no evidence of this), or mutate into some for of sentient rice which will vote Republican in the next election. Even given all of that, surely to God they are STILL preferable to IMMEDIATE death and blindness! Right?
Well, not according to Greenpeace. They have some Neo-Victorian notion that the only wholesome form of reproduction by plants to create useful hybrids is that done as God intended — out in the open for all to see and by chance, by God! Of course, they are also down with forcibly interbreeding species by a slow and painful process of crossbreeding where one strain of rice is forced to mate with another against its will until
George R.R. Martin decides he has written enough for the day and needs to go to dinner a useful strain is eventually produced which just happens to have the desired combination of traits. But accelerating this process to save lives by swapping selecting those traits in a lab is right out because… ewww…. that’s just icky!
In a sane and rational world, products created with GMO’s would proudly note such on the packaging because it would be a sure sign you are getting a higher quality product, or at the very least a lower cost version of regular quality. That is the whole purpose of making these alterations. If I can grow a lime whose rind tastes like coconut then that is great. If I can have popcorn with bigger, fluffier kernels, or other products enhanced with needed nutrients then I would be a fool to want something inferior. No one is going to spend time and money to make something inferior to what scattering a handful of seeds in the backyard will produce.
And GMO’s are fantastic for the environment. Many of them are engineered to use less water, land, or other resources. More people can be fed more cheaply while leaving more land undisturbed. If Greenpeace were an organization that was concerned about the environment rather than fear mongering to fill its pockets then they would be ecstatic about all of this. Instead, most environmental groups promote eating organic which is resource intensive and less healthy than the GMO alternatives.But even so, isn’t it a bit unfair to essentially accuse Greenpeace of causing these deaths?
Organizations opposed to modern plant breeding, with Greenpeace at their lead, have repeatedly denied these facts and opposed biotechnological innovations in agriculture. They have misrepresented their risks, benefits, and impacts, and supported the criminal destruction of approved field trials and research projects.