The Left Kills
The World Health Organization reports that “250 000 to 500 000 vitamin A-deficient children become blind every year, half of them dying within 12 months of losing their sight.” It’s estimated that as many as 700,000 children, many in Africa, die every year because of vitamin A deficiency. Now researchers have developed a vitamin-A enriched banana that could save hundreds of thousands of lives per year.
But they had to genetically modify the banana to get that, and we know what that means.
Perhaps the most racists, disgusting public relations stunt yet to sell genetically modified poison to the masses and monopolize the world’s food supply.
The genetic modification, however, is banana to banana. The banana’s creators took a gene from a variety of banana native to Papua New Guinea, which is naturally high in beta carotene (but reportedly unpleasant tasting)
This echoes the opposition to Golden Rice, a similarly vitamin A enriched food, intended to combat vitamin A deficiencies in Asia. The cost of that opposition has been estimated at 1.4 million life years since 2002.
The critic linked above argues that the real solution to malnutrition and starvation is
addressing the socioeconomic disparity that created it in the first place [and] stabilizing the geopolitical chaos that creates and perpetuates socioeconomic injustice.
Yes, we all want to see that. But that’s a very difficult job, and we’re not even in agreement on how to do it (I say globalization, this critic says localization), and until it’s accomplished, how many lives are we going to sacrifice while waiting for our ideal solution? And of course part of the problem with Africa’s lack of development is the malnutrition itself–it’s both effect and an on-going cause, so the anti-GMO crowd is trying to prevent us from addressing a specific cause.
The left “cares” about people. But this is what happens when caring trumps analysis.