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Re: Benedikt Haerlin on Golden Rice

Dear All:

I think that Herren is right that most of the problems that are to be
addressed via Golden Rice could be addressed within days if there was the
political will.  Unforturnately, it is an overwhelmingly big "if" in many
cases, as for Bt cotton, which is clearly aleady saving lives from reduced
insecticide exposure in cotton at least in China.

>From what I have read, even on this server, Potrykus has NOT agreed that
one would have to consume 9kg of rice per day to prevent at least some
symptoms of vitamin deficiency.

I still find it incredibility presumptious of Greenpeace to reject ALL
releases of GMs in face of overwhelming evidence that SOME GM crops in SOME
regions can improve human health.  Where is their moral authority to try to
stop the poor  from protecting themselves, when all that Greenpeace can do
is criticise others?


>On 19 Feb 2001, at 22:07, ngin wrote:
>Norfolk Genetic Information Network (ngin),
>"We already know today that most of the problems that are to be
>addressed via Golden Rice and other GMOs can be resolved in
>matter of
>days, with the right political will." Hans Herren --- In case anyone
>was in doubt: ... The London Independent February 17, 2001, Page
>Letter to the Editor by Benedikt Haerlin
>Sir: Greenpeace is opposed to the intentional release of genetically
>modified organisms; that is the basis for all our campaigning in all
>areas of genetic engineering.
>Clearly the industry promoting a crop such as golden rice with
>that it could save millions of lives ('Greenpeace promises not to halt
>trials of GM rice', 10 February) attempts to bring a moral dimension
>into the debate. What was made clear by me at the press
>conference in
>Lyon, but sadly not widely reported, was that there is no evidence
>that this invention can produce any beneficial effects. The average
>person would have to consume a massive 9kg of cooked rice per
>day to
>prevent symptoms of vitamin deficiency, a figure confirmed by the
>inventor of the product.
>The acknowledgement that we have no plans to disrupt field trials of
>golden rice is in no way a U-turn in our policy, but simply practical
>recognition of the resources we have available for our work in the
>Philippines. Golden rice has not been ruled out as a target for direct
>action in the future.
>Greenpeace International Genetic Engineering Campaign Coordinator