“DDT saves African lives,” and “Well-fed Greens — Starving Africans” were a few of the other slogans displayed by the anti-Greenpeacers, who dressed in African folk garb and grim-reaper costumes. Niger Innis of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), which organized the New Jersey protest, declared: “It’s time to hold these zealots accountable for the misery and death they cause.” CORE wanted:
…to underscore the millions of Africans who perish every year because Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and other radical groups oppose pesticide spraying to control malaria, biotechnology to ease malnutrition, and electrical generating plants to power hospitals and water treatment plants … well-fed eco-fanatics shriek “Frankenfoods” and “genetic pollution.”
Greenpeace didn’t have much of a response. Nor has the group responded to the recently announced global trade lawsuit — brought by Australia, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Uruguay, the United States, Argentina, Canada, and Egypt (the new “coalition of the willing”) — that seeks to end the European Union’s moratorium on genetically enhanced crops. One can safely assume, however, that Greenpeace (like the Organic Consumers Association, the National Family Farm Coalition, the Consumers Union of the United States, and Ralph Nader’s Public Citizen) isn’t pleased.
After all, Greenpeace labeled the EU’s Agriculture Commissioner a “dirty man” for allowing genetically enhanced crops to get on the WTO’s agenda in the first place.