Golden Rice: the miracle crop greens love to hate

Rice is the staple food of over 3.5 billion people, most of whom live in the poorest parts of the world. But the world’s staple does come with one major drawback. Despite being loaded with other nutrients, rice is naturally lacking in vitamin A.

The Lancet estimates that, every year, around 670,000 children under the age of five die as a result of vitamin-A deficiency. Imagine, then, the development potential of a genetically modified, mass-market strain of rice that is packed with all the typical nutrients you’d expect, but which also comes loaded with vitamin A.

Golden Rice is such a crop, and it’s the genetically modified organism (GMO) the South has been waiting for. Unfortunately, certain groups are agitating against Golden Rice over claims it is dangerous – despite it having passed every test and safety check it has ever faced. This resistance is largely thanks to environmental organisations like Greenpeace, who have spent decades campaigning relentlessly against GMOs on the basis of unfounded health concerns.

  • simus1

    Top of the food chain elitist enviros (i.e. Genocidists) have really big problems with anything that improves nutrition in the “overbreeding” third world.
    Any progress just results in an increase in Globull Warming so it must be stopped or we will all die.

    • Clausewitz

      The Greens by and large are wishing for a massive human die off in order to appease their Goddess Gaia. Golden rice thwarts the plans they have for the future. There’s a special place in hell for these assholes.

  • Ed

    And because the victims are mostly brown people, why aren’t these enviros the racists again?

    • All Too Much

      Ditto with DTE (?), the mosquito killer. Malaria is a major cause of death of children in central and south Africa. DTE would fix it. But hey, these are African kids, you know. Thier Black Lives Don’t Matter, I guess. Better to save a few hypothetical birds and fishes.

      • hyperzombie

        It is DDT BTW.

        • Gary

          The eco-fascist Leftists used JFK’s wife to feed her lies about DDT from fabricated “Studies” and ” Proof” where she crusaded to ban it by petitioning John to join her cause.

          But just a few year back the UN’s WHO took DDT off the list of banned pesticides since most of the hippies behind the conspiracy had died off.
          Their crusade cost the lives of close to 50,000,000 non-whites in poor nation where the majority of death were to BROW or BLACK children .
          Al Gore and Naomi Klein now want to kill millions more non-white children from their eco-fascism conspiracy about man-made Global warming . These two stooges want to ban BROWN and BLACK rural areas from be electrified via Power plants to get Hospitals and Medical clinic’s or to have mothers get modern Cooking appliance and stop burning wood inside their homes .

          Klein and Gore love to jet around the World to Global Warming events while spewing tonnes of toxin from those jets as well as Gore having 5 Houses that cost about $40,000.00 a year in Utility Bills for heat and AC units .
          David Suzuki had 4 Houses and Jets around the World as well to call for Jailing those the deny Global Warming.

  • The Butterfly

    Quite simply, the Left hates 3rd world children.

    • J. C.

      Given how much they like to abort their own, I’d say they just hate children period…

    • Clink9

      When shit becomes valuable, the poor will be born without assholes.

  • WalterBannon

    Greenpeace hates humans

    • All Too Much

      As does the sweetly-named Sierra Club.

  • Is there any evidence that this rice is harmful to animal, vegetable or mineral?

    If not, it sounds like an effort to stop a potentially life-saving food just so that someone can preserve their political position.

    • bverwey


      • I would really like someone to scientifically explain to me how this rice actually causes problems.

        I have yet to see it.

  • Daviddowntown

    These people think there’s about 4 billion too many people planet earth so the fact that they want to ban food for 3rd worlders is no big surprise.

    • All Too Much

      yep, no big deal.

  • xavier

    YupThe environmentalists are deeply disgusted with 3rd world people. Their lot in life is to only to provide photo ops for the the selfie obsessed, opportunities for graft and CV padding and then die.

    Any improvement negates the narrative(tm) that the little brown people ™ don’t need the elites and will thrive just fine without them. Nope, the little brown people(tm) must be kept dependent and grateful for the elites’ magnificence

  • Brett_McS

    Greenpeace motto: “Just enough of me; way too much of you.” (P J O’Rourke)

  • terrence22

    GreenPUSS will do and say ANYTHING to get “donations” – if little brown kids have to die, so be it, GreenPUSS needs some more money…

  • Robin Hood

    There is a simple reason there are no records of harm by so called ‘Golden Rice’. It is because there is no commercial release of it yet. You would expect people who like BlazingCatFur like I do would be naturally more skeptical. You are being astro turfed and gaslighted. Vitamin A is made by the body from beta carotene of which there is plenty in foods like carrots. There are often shortages of essential nutrients in the diet of many people but calling them ‘brown kids’ is very chauvinistic. For example one researcher found anemia could be reduced in populations using aluminium pots by putting a ‘lucky fish’ made of cast iron in the food while cooking. Yellow rice is seen as bad due to a fungus by people who have rice as a staple so, like in the West, gene modified food can only be made acceptable if people don’t know the are eating it.

  • simus1

    I prefer to rely on Patrick Moore’s version of reality.

    No offense.