Norman E. Borlaug, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for bringing about the Green Revolution, which vastly increased grain output. He believed that there should be a Nobel Prize for whoever did the most for increasing food supplies and for feeding the starving. Since none were forthcoming, he decided to create his own prize. So in 1987, he created the World Food prize. This year, three scientists working for Monsanto.
Robert T. Fraley, Monsanto’s executive vice president and chief technology officer, Marc Van Montagu of Belgium and Mary-Dell Chilton of the United States will share the award and the $250,000.00 ,prize for discovering how to insert foreign genes into plants. This is likely to get the Monsanto haters stirred up. But then again, it doesn’t take much. After all, they can’t produce even one reliable study showing any danger in GMOs.
I remember years ago when the parents of these protesters railed against DDT, produced by Monsanto. There was also no study showing the bad outweighed the good but DDT was banned anyway. Monsanto has since been redeemed on DDT. It’s wide usage in Africa, authorized by George W Bush, has saved over a million lives from disease carrying mosquitos.
By the same token, GMOs are saving lives around the globe. In the Indonesia area which has always been plagued by droughts which allow the weeds to overtake the delicate rice plants, Monsanto has created Golden Rice which is resistant to weeds and therefore doesn’t necessitate flooding the fields. Droughts no longer means mass starvation. And in the Philippines, where a lack of Vitamin A, had led to death of many young children, Monsanto enriched their rice with Vitamin A.
GMOs have been around for over 40 years. If they were nearly as dangerous as the Monsanto Chicken Littles squawk that they are, surely evidence would have shown up by now. In a liberal world, where they always claim if only one life is saved, it’s worth any price, you would think that saving tens of thousands of lives every year would be a good thing. But, apparently common sense has been banned too.