Nobel laureate Sir Richard Roberts: ‘Green activist opposition to GMOs hurts food-insecure developing countries

| | November 3, 2016
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If the thought of genetically-modified organ­isms, or GMOs, brings to mind vague notions fraught with danger, Nobel lau­reate and Dis­tin­guished Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor Sir Richard Roberts would say you needn’t worry.

. . . .

Trou­blingly for Roberts, the anti-GMO cam­paign, spear­headed largely by green par­ties, has taken root in devel­oping coun­tries that look to the West for guidance.

After all, it’s not Europe or the U.S.—where there is not only an abun­dance of food but an abun­dant variety of food as well—that would ben­efit the most from tar­geted genetic mod­i­fi­ca­tion; it’s the devel­oping world—where mal­nu­tri­tion is rampant—that needs it most.

.  .  .  .

How many kids have to die before we con­sider this a crime against humanity?” he asked. “How can you jus­tify trying to stop this kind of technology?”

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Roberts called for “civil society,” major reli­gious leaders (he’s trying to get in touch with the Pope), and celebri­ties to use their plat­form on the global stage to extoll the ben­e­fits of GMOs and dispel the fears people may still have.

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