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Vitamin-A deficiency around the world leads to between 250,000 and 500,000 children going blind – every single year. Half of them die within a year of losing their sight. And several other health problems stem from this urgent issue.

Yet, a solution to this global health threat is available today, and it could quickly help 250 million preschool children around the world who are vitamin-A deficient, as estimated by the World Health Organization

That said, exactly how many countries today are growing "Golden Rice" – a genetically-modified seed with three genes that produce beta-carotene, a vitamin-A precursor – to assist their underfed and vulnerable populations?

Zero.

Yes, it's difficult to fathom,...

goldenriceIn a huge win for public health and science, Golden Rice is taking a major step towards reality in Bangladesh.

The Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) had been testing a strain of the beta carotene (a vitamin A precursor) enriched crop in contained environments. The rice passed these tests and will now proceed to open field tests at multiple locations around that country. If these tests are successful, the rice will be approved for farmers to grow, making the life-saving crop available for public consumption.

Officials announced the news on October 9; field tests will begin in November.

Golden Rice has taken a long...

bee-1249595-638x423Greenpeace really loves bees so much that they regularly hold bee die ins where they dress up in bee costumes and lie on the ground to be sprayed by faux pesticides. Environmental activists have also given eulogies and created memorials for dead bees, as well as organized petitions to ban bee killing pesticides. These events followed instances where 400 50,000 bees were found dead. (50,000 Bees is basically the size of one hive).

So why are such activists ignoring a killer that is causing the deaths of tens of millions of bees? An...

Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 3.33.26 PMPatrick Moore was instrumental in the founding of GreenPeace, and held high positions until he broke with the group in the 1980 s over policy decisions. Since then Moore has been an outspoken critic of the organization for losing touch with its initial science mission. This week, Moore posted a video on youtube in which he describes his reasons for leaving, and how GreenPeace is now doing more harm than good for the world.

Moore explains that he originally joined the organization...

GRNowIn today s New York Post, an op-ed entitled How Neil Young, Greenpeace work to starve the world s poor says volumes about what s wrong with the environmentalist fringe element, given voice by songsmith Young and the lethally destructive activist group Greenpeace.

The author, Owen Paterson, is an MP from North Shropshire, UK, and was recently the UK s secretary of state for the environment, food, and rural affairs. He notes that Neil Young s upcoming CD release will be entitled Monsanto Years, and in...

Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 2.56.36 PMYet another prominent anti-GMO advocate has come forward to publicly announce that he has reassessed his opinion on GMOs. Earlier this year, the co-founder of Greenpeace, Dr. Patrick Moore, did likewise, calling the campaign against genetic science baseless. Following shortly thereafter was Mark Lynas, who penned a New York Times op-ed titled...

Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 2.56.36 PMNewsweek s recent cover story puts it bluntly: YOU ARE TOTALLY WRONG ABOUT GENETICALLY ALTERED FOOD. And author Tom Parrett eloquently explains why in his article: GMO Scientists Could Save the World From Hunger, If We Let Them.

Parrett starts his piece by pointing out global issues that threaten traditional agriculture overfarming, drought, bugs, and extreme heat and how overcoming these issues is becoming increasingly more urgent due to our rapid global...

Screen Shot 2015-04-01 at 3.33.21 PMDr. Patrick Moore, who co-founded Greenpeace in 1970, parted ways with the organization in 1986 due to philosophical differences. These differences could not be more clear, certainly with regard to GMOs, and especially Golden Rice. (It should be noted that Greenpeace is perhaps the most formidable opponent of Golden Rice.)

Dr. Moore, whose recent statement on the issue can be found on the Golden Rice Now Facebook page, drew exactly the kind of vicious attacks that you might expect (shill for...

Golden RiceGolden Rice, a genetically engineered crop enriched with beta-carotene which the body can then convert to vitamin A, has the potential to prevent blindness in populations prone to vitamin A deficiency. The WHO estimates that about 250,000 to 500,000 vitamin A deficient children go blind each year and half of those children die within 12 months of going blind. As risk perception expert David Ropiek says, These are real deaths, real disability, real suffering, not the phantom fears.

Yet, as writer Norm Benson points out in...

goldenriceDavid P. Ropeik, instructor at Harvard, consultant in risk communication and author of "How Risky Is It, Really? Why Our Fears Don; t Always Match the Facts, has produced a hard-hitting essay in Scientific American that skewers anti-GMO activists such as Greenpeace and the Sierra Club for their stance. Mr. Ropeik cites data from a research...