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August 3rd, 2005 - 1:51 pm

Glenn Reynolds posts this passage from Ronald Bailey’s new book, Liberation Biology: The Scientific And Moral Case For The Biotech Revolution:

Why would leaders of these African nations risk starving millions of their citizens over fear of food that 290 million Americans have been eating safely since 1996? Because antibiotech activists such as [Vandana] Shiva and nongovernmental activist groups such as Greenpeace have been misleading the public about the alleged dangers of genetically improved crop varieties. . . .

Scientists trying to help the world’s poor are appalled by the apparent willingness of biotechnology opponents to sacrifice people for their cause. At the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in February 2000, Ismail Serageldin, then director of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research posed a challenge: “I ask opponents of biotechnology, do you want two to three million children a year to go blind and one million to die of Vitamin A deficiency, just because you object to the way golden rice was created?”

Glenn responds, “The answer, basically, is ‘yes’”.

And it has been for almost four decades.