POLITICAL CORRECTNESS KILLS: Steven Den Beste says “The nation of Zambia has decided that it will not accept genetically modified corn. It’s available; it’s there now; it could be delivered immediately and notwithstanding some people’s superstitions there’s no reason to believe that it is particularly dangerous to eat it. It is certainly less dangerous to eat genetically modified corn than to eat nothing at all. But the government of Zambia has decided that it’s better for their people to starve than to eat genetically modified food.”
Den Beste adds:
Mass vaccination of animals can stop foot-and-mouth in its tracks without requiring any slaughter, but at the expense of the destruction of any export market. Accepting GM corn to feed your starving will equally help a famine, with the same destruction of any export market. The only way to not lose your export market in both cases is mass death. Which is what the UK chose last year for its animals, and Zambia is choosing now for its people.
Which means that thousands, and maybe hundreds of thousands, of Zambians will starve because of the disagreement between the US and Europe over the use of genetic engineering on food crops.
Inevitably, Europeans will say that Americans are at fault because they’re trying to play God, and the Americans will say that the Europeans are at fault because they’re frightened of shadows. It really doesn’t matter who is right, or how we got where we are. It no longer matters who is at fault. We have to look forward.
No matter how we got to this situation, or whose fault it is, that corn does exist, and the people of Zambia need it, and if their government accepts it then thousands fewer of them will die.