Aug
27
2013

Greenpeace strikes again: anti-Golden Rice, anti-Science; pro-Poor People Going Blind.

I try to be a tolerant man. If people want to believe stupid things, that’s one thing.  If people want to engage in suboptimal behaviors because of those stupid things… well, I may not like it, but I can’t save the world.  But when the scientific illiterates at Greenpeace decide (in classic bloody I’m-a-Western-progressive-here-to-take-up-the-White-Man’s-burden-so-all-you-natives-just-shut-up-now fashion) to condemn poor people to what would otherwise be an easily-preventable blindness?  Yeah, there’s a limit to tolerance.

On August 8th, 400 protesters ripped out seedlings of a new genetically modified plant called golden rice at a testing ground in the Philippines. Genes from bacteria and corn have been added to the rice to make it a source of vitamin A. Vitamin A deficiency can lead to blindness and weakens the immune system, contributing to 2 million deaths every year. (Golden rice is being developed by a non-profit organization, not Monsanto.) As the Philippine government prepares to rule on whether or not to allow farmers to grow the wonder-crop, the anti-GMO movement is digging itself in for a fight.

Look, I’ll be blunt: I have personal theological issues about whether we really need the concept of the Devil in order to explain sinfulness. Yeah, I know, I’m a bad Catholic that way (not to mention a host of other ways). But never mind me: clearly radical environmentalists require the physical presence of Satan on Earth in order to get their moral system working properly – or at least a Satan. Genetically modified organisms is apparently doing that job for them right now.

And, again, that’s their privilege.  But if your ethical framework requires – requires – that you take actions that will make a Third World subsistence farmer watch his family go blind, then your ethical framework is an abomination and you should retire to a monastery in order to contemplate your sins. And no, I am not particularly trying to be funny, there.

Via Instapundit.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

PS: I was being nice.  I didn’t call Greenpeace a bunch of racist, crypto-imperialist sociopaths once.

PPS: The NYT article was, by the way, shockingly unsympathetic to the radical environmentalists on this one.  Gives an idea of just how depraved the Greenies are being, here: usually the Left can expect a more uncritical reception from the Old Grey Lady.

4 Comments

  • acat says:

    I’m sure someone at the NYT will be canned (possibly caned) over this honest reportage.
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    I’m also certain that golden rice will have issues .. but that the benefits will outweigh them.
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    Mew

  • JEM says:

    Y’know, if one did one of those funky Venn diagrams with all the pretty colors, and you made the climate loons blue, and the anti-vaccine crowd yellow, and the radical GMO bunch red, you’d come very close to having one big, dark circle. Maybe the Jenny McCarthy crew has been discredited enough that there might be a little leakage on that one, but there’s gonna be a very, very high correlation between these people.

  • acat says:

    Speaking of Greenpeace and Crazy …
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    Had a friend try to talk me out of vacationing near Seattle because “the radiation from Fukushima is going to kill them all”.
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    No rational explanation regarding dilution, heavy metals tending to sink, etc. etc. seemed to have much effect.
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    Silly Asses.
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    Mew

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