Wednesday Dec 7, 2016
The Argument for GMO
Golden Rice could prevent blindness and save millions o lives
M. Popoff, B.A. (Hons.) U. of S./ Wikipedia photo
erhaps you’re already aware that half-million kids under the age of 5 will die again this year due to Vitamin-A deficiency in the Third World.
GMO Golden Rice could provide the nutrients to prevent blindness and death, but it has been awaiting approval for over a decade thanks largely to organic activists who claim this crop will threaten organic crops. As someone who worked for 5 years as a USDA organic inspector, please let me assure you that nothing could be further from the truth.
Not only will GMO Golden Rice alleviate the suffering of millions, it could also – in point-of-fact – be grown organically! So I joined with 11 scientists and wrote an article last year in The Daily Caller about producing the world’s first certified-organic-GMO crop. I then wrote a brief follow-up immediately after Mr. Trump won the presidency.
Would you please help get the word out about this? GMO Golden Rice has been given to the world, free of charge, by its inventor, Dr. Ingo Potrykus. All that stands in its way is the lack of political will.
Mr. Trump will soon pick America’s next Secretary of Agriculture, and it is my hope that he will choose someone who understands this issue. Organic activists claim GMOs threaten organic crops. But, as is often the case with anti-everything activists, they have never bothered to read their own standards for organic production.
I hope you will help. A decade is a long time to wait for a humanitarian solution to such a tragedy.
Read more about Golden Rice on Wikipedia here.
Mischa Popoff, B.A. (Hons.) U. of S.
Former USDA contract organic inspector
Author of Is it Organic? The inside story of the organic industry. Some people won't like this book, but you will
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