Posts Tagged ‘Genetically modified food’

More Green Mischief

July 22, 2011

A while back I mentioned that some protesters had destroyed a field of experimental genetically modified crops in Belgium. I have since read about similar incidents in Germany and now Walter Russel Mead writes about Australian Greenpeace “activists’ doing the same in their country.

Science is a funny thing in the hands of today’s global greens.

Greens decry their political adversaries as unsophisticated, anti-science simpletons for questioning the empirical evidence behind global warming.

Yet when it comes to scientific evidence that hurts their cause, the greens are full out flat earthers. Take genetically modified foods, for example: the scientific community has generally concluded that they are perfectly safe for consumption and that the widespread use of GMOs will help feed the world’s poor.  These conclusions are at least as “settled” as the evidence for climate change.

The sober response of the “reality based” and “pro-science” greens?  Yesterday, Australian Greenpeace activists snuck into a government run farm and destroyed a crop of genetically modified wheat.

It is strange that a group of people that call themselves “Progressives” seem to be against progress of any sort. It’s a good thing these people weren’t around during the Neolithic period. They would have probably protested against the invention of agriculture, calling planted crops “frankenfoods“, and insisted that everyone only eat organically hunted and gathered food.

Belgian Protesters Destroy GM Field Trial

June 2, 2011

This is really nice.

Protesters have destroyed a controversial GM field trial in Belgium.

In Wetteren, a municipality in the Belgian province of East Flanders, activists succeeded in damaging the GM potatoes being trialled for blight resistance, despite a large contingent of police officers who had been ordered to guard the GM trial. The officers were unable to stop the 300-400 or more peaceful protesters of all ages, who included local people.

These were not “peaceful protesters”. These were trespassers and vandals, who don’t seem to want people to have cheap and plentiful food, especially not, I suppose those dark skinned people in places like Africa. Genetically modified food could really make the difference between life and death by starvation for millions of people.

And what these fools don’t understand, is that people have been modifying the plants and animals we have domesticated for centuries through selective breeding. What is being done in test fields in places like Wetteren is really no different in principle, though more efficient and certain.


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