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March 07, 2019

The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition

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This is stuff that only a technologically advanced society (read: Western culture) can do: produce a strain of rice that generates the precursor to Vitamin A, so without any additional effort or expense we can prevent more than a million deaths and blindnesses each year.

Sounds like a no-brainer...right! But the arguments against it began almost immediately, and ran the table of Leftist crap. It took 25 years to develop, and the pushback was psychotic, because the arguments were mostly theoretical, but people...MILLIONS OF PEOPLE...were dying and going blind because of Vitamin A deficiency.

Too bad the left didn't feed all of those omelets they were making with those broken eggs to the folks who were dying...

Golden Rice is coming. Finally! Will it be the game-changer hinted at for almost 20 years?

Golden Rice has long been promoted as an application of biotech that is seemingly beyond reproach, although that didn’t stop critics from coming up with cynical and loopy objections: e.g. Golden Rice is a stalking horse for corporate control of agriculture in Southeast Asia; it is a distraction from solving the problems of poverty and equitable food distribution, etc, etc. But the halo that surrounded Golden Rice had faded considerably in recent years, as its release date, which has been ‘just around the corner’ for the last decade and a half kept getting pushed back into what seemed like a permanently receding future.
The really amazing thing is that the commercial aspects of Golden Rice were long ago signed away, and all of this work was being done for...wait for it...the good of mankind! Shocking! Disgusting!

There are rational objections to GMO crops, including the heavy-handed way many of the agricultural companies market them and sometimes fail to protect non-GMO crops. But that is something for the free market to sort out, absent any significant threat (all of which have been overblown crap). But the true believers of the Left fight GMOs for political, not scientific reasons. Imagine a world in which third-world countries have a much better chance of producing their own food. What would that do to the modern version of the "White Man's Burden," which is, in essence, the attitude of the current crop of progressives?


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