Greenpeace, which has been involved in activist vandalizing of grocery store products with the slapping-on of “biohazard” stickers on genetically improved foods, now calls for rejecting traditional agriculture altogether, favorably noting that “the organic movement is growing.” The group says biotech supporters are trying to “brainwash the public” by pointing out that genetic improvement technology saves lives.
Once again, it takes Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore, who has called Greenpeace “a band of scientific illiterates who use Gestapo tactics,” to tell the truth about Greenpeace’s biotech-bashing: “About half a million children, mainly in Asia and Africa, go blind each year due to Vitamin A deficiency because conventional rice has no carotene… Golden Rice, now in development at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines, promises to help solve this problem.
“So what is Greenpeace’s response? They have done everything to discredit both the scientists and the science because they have a policy of ‘zero-tolerance’ for GM crops. More like ‘zero-humanity’… Greenpeace has painted themselves in an untenable corner on the subject of GM crops. Their problem is that if they agree that there is even one beneficial GM crop they would have to admit there might be others. Then they would be reduced to a rational discussion of the subject like the rest of us.”