How do you demonize scientists who added 3 genes to the 30,000 in rice in order to stop vitamin A deficiencies in poor countries with rice-dominated diets? There are zero pitfalls to it yet an elaborate, well-funded marketing campaign has been leveled against it.
Ingo Potrykus and Peter Beyer genetically engineered their Golden Rice, called that because the genes they used for producing beta carotene, a Vitamin A precursor, gave the rice grains a ‘golden’ color, and even persuaded companies to waive patent rights so that they could give the seeds away for free. No ‘Monsanto is evil’ nonsensical reasoning applies to this, yet ‘green’ juggernauts like Greenpeace and Union of Concerned Scientists have opposed it by every means possible, using lawyers and, of course, scare campaigns about biology.
How many kids have died in the 14 years this has been protested as “Frankenfood”?
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