Target: Greenpeace CEO Bunny McDiarmid
Goal: Reform Greenpeace’s anti-GMO status to reflect proven science and stop exacerbating food shortages and vitamin deficiencies in the developing world.
The environmental organization Greenpeace International has long been the most active environmental organization in the world but has recently come under fire for their potentially harmful attacks on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Greenpeace’s opposition to GM crops has incited controversy and caused leading biologists and scientists to question the benefits of the organization, despite its good intentions.
Greenpeace came under fire in 2011 when activists broke into an Australian research center and destroyed a crop of wheat. The organization has caused issue once again by standing in the way of new crops of “Golden Rice” in the developing world. This genetically modified strain of rice is rich in Vitamin A, which counteracts Vitamin A deficiencies across Africa. Lack of this nutrient in this diet leads to blindness in 250,000 to 500,000 children every year in the developing world. The solution has been found and yet Greenpeace chooses to stand in the way instead of helping the poverty-stricken individuals in need.
In an open letter to Greenpeace, 107 Nobel Laureates urged the organization to stop their attacks on GMOs and Golden Rice in particular. The letter explains that, “Scientific and regulatory agencies around the world have repeatedly and consistently found crops and foods improved through biotechnology to be as safe as, if not safer than those derived from any other method of production. There has never been a single confirmed case of a negative health outcome for humans or animals from their consumption. Their environmental impacts have been shown repeatedly to be less damaging to the environment, and a boon to global biodiversity.”
Scientific misinformation regarding genetically modified crops runs deep among well-meaning environmentalists but rarely causes this level of harm to people of developing nations around the world. Please sign the petition below to stand with the world’s top scientists and tell Greenpeace the health of children is more important than uneducated decisions made on political principle.
Dear Mrs. McDiarmid,
While most of Greenpeace International’s work has been a great service to protecting the environment from human activity, the recent anti-GMO and anti-science stance taken by the organization is not only irrational, but denying help to millions in need in the developing world.
I’m sure you’re aware of the open letter recently penned to the organization by over 100 Nobel laureates. I am writing to commend their activism and to stand with them in pushing for more rational decisions to be made, and ultimately a more nutritious and environmentally safe diet for the people of the world. Golden Rice in particular has been developed to counteract Vitamin A deficiencies that cause up to 500,000 children each year to go blind, yet your organization stands in the way of this progress.
If Greenpeace is successful in denying revolutionary crops such as Golden Rice to the developing world, it is effectively responsible for causing these children to go blind in a massive violation of human rights. I am urging you to please reconsider this unscientific and harmful ideology and join rather than oppose this revolutionary progress.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: International Rice Research Institute