It’s a shame that well intentioned people in the west increasingly subscribe to scientific denialism, It’s like fighting against you best hopes for the world.
Originally posted on Not Through Ignorance:
Considering that Golden Rice could substantially reduce blindness (half a million children per year) and deaths (2-3 million per year), the reluctance displayed by the responsible bodies, especially in the face of the great success and safety record of genetically modified crops, is hard to understand. -J.E. Mayer, P. Beyer, and I. Potrykus (2006)
Recently I wrote a blog post praising the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for investing in technology that would turn human waste into pure water for the billions of people who don’t have access to clean water sources. Although I was positive about the technology, I was skeptical of its acceptance, because of humanity’s propensity for magical thinking. I noted that this irrational form of belief was also responsible for people’s unreasonable fear of genetically-modified foods.
That fear, sadly, extends to political bodies who may have regulatory power over what foodstuffs may be grown or…
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