Skip to comments.Golden Rice: GMO "Super Gruel" for the Masses
Posted on 07/19/2014 6:58:29 AM PDT by Renfield
July 16, 2014 (LocalOrg) - Corporate biotechnology monopolies like Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, and others have met increasing resistance to their attempts to patent and control global agriculture. They have spent untold fortunes attempting to sway the public but to no avail. Local, organic agriculture is growing in popularity and proliferating across all social-strata. The introduction of technology to automate and augment organic farming is making it as competitive and accessible or more so than the capital-intensive models of monopoly employed by big-ag.
In response, big-ag has attempted several distasteful public relation stunts, including "super bananas for Africa" and "Golden Rice" to allegedly feed Asia's poor.
They claim these initiatives are purely altruistic. Business Insider in its article, "A Miracle Rice Could Save Millions Of Lives," claims:
Golden Rice, once it is widely released, will be much more cost-effective, as agricultural economist Alexander Stein has shown. Despite common misconceptions, no one stands to get rich when poor farmers start growing Golden Rice. Instead, it will represent a fundamentally different approach, an embodiment of the old "teach a man to fish" adage.Business Insider's source? Big-ag giant Syngenta and the "Golden Rice Humanitarian Board." The board, of course, is stacked with big-ag-funded "NGOs," USAID representatives, and representatives of big-ag itself. The board represents the revolving door between corporate monopolies and big-government - and their combined efforts to use every means necessary to advance their collective self-interests.
...a range of projects, such as ecologically farmed home and community gardens, that increase access to healthy and varied diets can eradicate not only VAD, but simultaneously tackle other nutrient deficiencies. Ecological farming can in fact better contribute to healthy and diverse diets by empowering people to access and produce their own healthy and varied food, which is the real long-lasting solution populations affected by VAD need.
IRRI says that the Green Revolution may have actually increased malnutrition among the poor. Consumption of vegetables in most Asian countries has remained stagnant since the Green Revolution and vegetable prices have increased in both real and relative terms. In India, annual rice and wheat production has more than tripled from pre-Green Revolution levels. On the other hand, household consumption of vegetables has dropped 12 percent over the last two decades. Pulse and legume consumption is down even more and is becoming more and more costly, and malnutrition remains high.
Part of the perfect diet - No sugar, no grains, no processed foods.
Cue the Kanamits
I raise a large garden as well. However, Golden Rice is a very good product for 3rd worlders. Greenpeace is a bunch of commies bastards. I put anyone who is against something like golden rice in the same category as the idiots who pushed to outlaw DDT. Comfortable, well fed people should not be making decisions for less fortunate countries.
And the third world should starve?
I'm so sick and tired of GMO KOOKS.
The fact is, Monsanto has saved more lives than Hitler murdered. They save more lives than we kill every day in America in abortuaries.
You are part of the affluent First World. You'll likely never know what it is like to go hungry unless your Guru tells you to fast. But getting beta carotene into the diets of millions who don't otherwise get it means that hundreds of thousands will *live* and millions will keep their eyesight.
It's a diet which is by no means perfect, but the people hungry in Asia don't care much about your waistline.
That doesn't mean I'm disconnected by the harsher realities in other parts of the world.
Monsanto is a HERO. I wish I could point to Golden Rice as something I had done for my fellow man.
Great post Mamzelle and to the point!!
I could stand up and cheer!!
If it’s so good for them, let them grow and eat it, then.
Golden Rice is People!
Good for you, I am glad you have discovered what was ailing you. I have been extremely allergic to corn and wild rice (a grass seed) all of my life. Recently I have been having trouble after eating wheat. I do eat rice, however with no problem (so far).
The more I read about about Golden Rice, the more admiring I am of the scientists that brought it about. The rice still needs some fat for the vitamins to be metabolized, but there will be fewer blind people and reduced mortality.
Of course, the liberals hate for people to live. They like better to decide who gets to live, and who gets to die. Reduces the stress on the planet. I think that's the real MO--reducing the population. Doesn't Melinda Gates donate to Greenpeace?
>> I’ve lost 12 pounds in three weeks,
People in the third world don’t celebrate a loss of 12 pounds in 3 weeks. They die from that. Third worlders would love to have a “wheat belly”. First World problems are not Third World problems.
Well said, ma’am.
3rd world doesn’t mean hungry. In most places where rice is a staple they have plenty. Shortages are usually caused by government intervention or outright theft.
The environmental movement is about reducing the impact of humans on the earth. Mass starvation is a way to accomplish the ultimate goal.
Bill and Melinda Gates are some of the biggest cheerleaders of GMO crops.
Possibly only a little behind Warren Buffet and George Soros.
All of the above are rabidly interested in population control as well.
Make of that what you will.
And so you’re spreading this communist bullshit responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of Americans? If ever there was a face of pure, unadulterated evil in the world, it’s that of these left-wing organizations leading innumerable people to horrible deaths so they can pat themselves on the back for associating their genocidal behaviors with “good eating.”
You mean GMOs’ are going to wipe out the masses before Chemtrails? Who knew? Anyone got any spare tinfoil?
Which of my statements is untrue?
All the aforementioned people are vociferous supporters of GMO crops.
All of the aforementioned people are rabidly pro population control.
Refute without insults, if you can.
Why are the big as companies seeking total control over the food supply and production?
Because they alone can ensure everyone is adequately fed with the ‘right’ foods.
Why do you feel a government and global corporate monopoly on food is admirable?
They can also ensure only the right people have food.
Sorry, forgot the /s on that.
Both are accurate statements.
Amen brother. Amen.
Then why are the rabidly pro population control billionaires, including the ones who support involuntary sterilization, also the ones promoting GMO crops?
So when Gates donates money to an entity that indisputably has saved millions of lives, that should reflect well on him instead of reflecting poorly on entity saving lives.
I don’t get the corporate or government monopoly of food. I’ve worked in agriculture for the last 37 years and every year I am exposed to an increasing pool of ag product suppliers. Monsanto Round-up came off patent several years ago and there are dozens of generic glyphosate products on the market. The protection of intellectual property when it comes to seed is no different than patents on software or copy rights on music. There would be no incentive for research and development without and economic return. The patent on Golden Rice was voluntarily rescinded as a humanitarian gesture.
Then explain that, in light of the fact that Bill Gates also supports involuntary sterilization in the 3rd world.
I’m sure the right hand supports adequate food so that those 3rd worlders have big healthy 3rd world families while the left hand supports involuntary sterilization because there are ‘too many people’.
I know exactly who Norman Borlaug is.
I also know his funding came from the Rockefellers.
Who were also rabid population control wackjobs.
Monsanto and the rest of big ag are an example of fascism in the US and the world. They sue farmers whos crops are pollinated by wind of nearby GMO crops, and fight like hell any attempt to lablel gmo’s- forced into our food without proper testing. And the gov’t plays right along
Tremendous advancement has been made in crop efficiency, all by virtue of natural hybid tech. Once gmo’s are involved with patent rights involved, the “charity” of the super ag corporations becomes highly questionable.
It is amazing how many self proclaimd conservatives play right along with the gov’t/big ag aliance.
Yeah, 'wackjobs' who funded a guy who saved a billion lives.
There's certainly a wackjob involved in this argument but I'm pretty sure it isn't people who were involved in helping Norman Borlaug save a billion lives.
You didn’t refute the Rockefeller involvement in population control.
Explain their interest in population control with ‘saving a billion lives’.
“I raise a large garden as well. However, Golden Rice is a very good product for 3rd worlders. “
Except it has never been tested for the promotion of cancer or any other human consequence.
“Greenpeace is a bunch of commies bastards.
Crony capitalists are as bad or worse.
“I put anyone who is against something like golden rice in the same category as the idiots who pushed to outlaw DDT. Comfortable, well fed people should not be making decisions for less fortunate countries.
I will add the crony big ag folks to your list - who use political graft to force this untested food onto the third world while raking in money.
“The fact is, Monsanto has saved more lives than Hitler murdered.”
I’d love to see cites of studies backing up that opinion...
Seriously? You’ve never heard of the Green Revolution?
However the government controls the gmo staples and are heavily influenced by the global food companies.
They have no interest in actually helping people.
Why are they restrictions seeds in Europe and trying to regulate back yard gardens here in the us.
First of all, they never accept (because they're so high on the emotionalism of GMO cookery) that wheat is not GMO--at least no wheat that is made into flour in the US. Flour may not be the best thing for you as a big part of your diet, but not because it's GMO.
“I grow a garden, I eat local, I am a foodie who loves to cook and eat. I try to limit processed food”
So in other words you avoid GMO like the plague. :-)
I’ll eat untested food, as *you* categorize it, if I’m starving to death. It is part of the idiocy of the GMO kooks that they cannot distinguish between the food snobbery of the West and the starvation that used to be much more prevalent in the Third World.
Golden Rice is better than no Golden Rice, GMO or not. People will not go blind who would otherwise have gone blind. People will live who will otherwise have died. Maybe they'll be subject to a wheat belly or a cancer risk when they hit their sixties---but they'll have lived to their sixties. Next problem--Gates Foundation promotes abortion while pretending that they are not promoting abortion
Interestingly, most of the GMO kooks I know can't cook, or won't learn. Too much work. I've tried to explain that if they prepare their own food instead of whining and wailing when they insist on eating all the time in restaurants, they'd avoid this "poison" they're so afraid of. I won't eat salads at restaurants very often because I know that salads are raw, and vulnerable to poor hygiene. But my GMO nut acquaintances won't eat anything but salads.
I also cannot persuade them that sweet corn is not GMO.
It's my personal theory that our present obesity, particularly among young people, has to do with the widespread use of birth control pills, and the consequent exposure of people to estrogens not present in the environment fifty years ago. It's as good a theory as any.
Look up recent research into something called mRNAi.
I personally no longer trust GMO foods. Yes, the population may be fed today, who knows what sort of epigenetic changes are being induced that might well affect the fertility of subsequent generations.
My distrust of GMO stems directly from those who are promoting it so rabidly. And that they are pretty much all equally rabidly promoting population control by any means possible.
I used to be of that opinion. After doing a lot of research, I'm not anymore. I avoid GMO foods. I also don't like the fact that because companies like Monsanto now OWN their GMO seed as a new kind of seed, they can charge farmers for it every year. Farmers no longer own the seeds they plant, and they can't harvest seed from their own crops. Don't let the fact that some nutty leftist groups oppose GMO food sway you, as it did me at first.
The big seed tech companies don't control anything except their own patents. They develop new varieties using a variety of methods, including but not limited to gene splicing. They then commercialize and sell what farmers want to buy. Farmers, in turn, want to plant what their customers wish to buy. Most corn and soybeans are destined for animal feed, and feed manufacturers and animal feeders want high quality inputs at the lowest possible cost. GMO's boost productivity and lower costs. This is what drives GMO's.
At what point in this straightforward process does the evil conspiracy come in?
I have nothing against organic producers as long as they don't make false claims. Unfortunately, there is a radical fringe that poisons the discussion. Organics are generally significantly more expensive than their conventional counterparts. This is why "organic" still only commands 1-2% of the U.S. market, despite endless hype. This frustrates the activists, who respond by trying to demonize conventional agriculture. This is a form of consumer fraud; it is intended to gull people into paying much higher prices for a product that is no better, and is in some respects inferior, based on dishonest scare stories about the competition. I hope some future administration unleashes the FTC consumer fraud unit against the professional liars.
As for myself, I vote with my wallet, as should you. When I see "organic" on the label, I immediately check the unit price, and then compare. I prefer not to be fleeced by hucksters. YMMV.
I am glad to hear of genuine, authentic philanthropy coming from the Gates Foundation. Unfortunately, they are up to a lot of pernicious behavior as well, and still need to be observed. They are tied very closely to Warren Buffett, who has been exposed as a pro-abortion extremist with his “charities.”
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