Co-founder to Greenpeace: “Allow golden rice now!”

By |2013-10-05T19:50:49+00:00October 5th, 2013|News|16 Comments

Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore has taken on a herculean task; convincing Greenpeace to place innocent lives before radical ideology.

Activists recently attacked and destroyed a field of “golden rice” in Pili, Camarines Sur in the Philippines.  Moore’s campaign extols the virtues of golden rice and takes Greenpeace to task.

From the organizers:

The aim of the campaign is to convince Greenpeace that it should make an exception to its immoral and lethal zero-tolerance position on genetic modification – and allow and support the distribution of Golden Rice, on humanitarian grounds. The World Health Organization estimates that up to 500,000 children become blind each year due to vitamin A deficiency. Half of them die within a year of becoming blind. About 250 million preschool children worldwide suffer from vitamin A deficiency, among the nearly 3 billion people who depend on rice as their staple food.

Golden riceConventional rice has no beta-carotene, the nutrient that humans need to produce vitamin A. In 1999 Dr. Ingo Potrykus and Dr. Peter Beyer, both science professors who were aware of this humanitarian crisis, invented Golden Rice after a nine-year effort. By inserting genes from corn, they were able to cause rice plants to produce beta-carotene in the rice kernel. It is beta-carotene that makes corn golden and carrots orange. Golden Rice can end the blindness, suffering and death caused by vitamin A deficiency. It would be distributed at no cost to poor farmers around the world, to help end this needless humanitarian crisis. Up to now, however, Greenpeace has blocked these efforts, perpetuating the blindness and death.

Field trials in Louisiana, the Philippines and Bangladesh have proven that Golden Rice can be grown successfully. Clinical nutritional trials with animals, adult humans, and vitamin A deficient children have proven that Golden Rice will deliver sufficient vitamin A to cure this affliction. Yet Greenpeace continues to support the violent destruction of the field trials. It also trashes the peer-reviewed science that proves Golden Rice is effective and safe.

We demand that Greenpeace end these immoral, child-killing activities, stop fundraising on this issue, and declare that they are not opposed to Golden Rice. We believe that its continued actions to block Golden Rice constitute a crime against humanity as defined by the United Nations.

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines is Golden rice 2coordinating the research and development of Golden Rice. The IRRI is supported by The Rockefeller Foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Helen Keller International, USAID, and many agricultural research organizations. Golden Rice is controlled by non-profit organizations, and it produces viable Golden Rice seeds, so farmers are not dependent on any particular supplier.

“The Allow Golden Rice Now! campaign will carry this protest to Greenpeace offices around the world,”stated Dr. Moore, a cofounder and former leader of Greenpeace, an organization that many say has become increasingly anti-science and anti-people in recent decades.

“Eight million children have died unnecessarily since Golden Rice was invented.  How many more million can Greenpeace carry on its conscience?” Dr. Moore asked.


  1. John WB October 5, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Greenpeace are responsible for the genocide of millions of children. Their leaders should be charged and tried for crimes against humanity. First up should be Naidoo.

    • Howard Allen September 1, 2017 at 3:06 PM

      The following is from the Golden Rice Project website (in a Q/A format):

      ‘When are locally adapted Golden Rice varieties expected to be in the hands of resource-poor farmers?

      GR2 has been bred into locally preferred varieties in India, the
      Philippines, Vietnam, and Bangladesh. Field trials are being conducted
      in the Philippines and the regulatory process is in full motion. With
      time, the selected GR2 will have been bred into locally adapted public
      varieties in all target countries. The transfer of the technology to
      local rice varieties and the necessary biosafety and efficacy testing is
      ongoing. When Golden Rice will finally reach the farmers very much depends on the regulatory environment of each country.’ (ends)

      It’s taken eighteen years for them to get to this stage, and THAT is solely down to those working on the project, and has nothing whatsoever to do with Greenpeace, who have not in any way hindered the development of GR.

      Given that there are tens of millions of hectares of GM crops being grown in various countries around the world, then it will be evident to just about anyone that if and when Golden Rice is ever ready, there will be nothing that Greenpeace, or any of the other thousands of groups and organisations opposed to GM crops around the world for that matter, can do to prevent it from being cultivated.

      So given that GR is not yet ready, and given that Greenpeace has not in any way hindered the ongoing development of GR, then it’s blatently obvious for all to see that Greenpeace is not responsible for a single child going blind or dying as a consequence of VAD, and that this is just a dispicable and totally contrived black propaganda program.

      In the meantime tens of thousands of children have had their Vit A requirements provided by other means, that Greenpeace et al have been advocating for many, many years.

      This phoney attack on Greenpeace using the plight of millions of children to further their agenda for total control of the global food system is about as low as you can go, and I have no doubt whatsoever that Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels would have been highly impressed.

  2. alpha2actual October 5, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    It is a misconception that the Environmental Movement is benign, well intentioned, and monolithic– it is not. In reality the movement is extremely factionalized and schizophrenic. The legitimate players are the rent seekers, grant chasers, and politicans pandering to a constituency, the Green Lobby.

    The True Believers are the Transnational Progressives, Luddites, Malthusians, Narcissistic Xenophobes, Gaia cultists, Margaret Sanger Eugenics disciples, and Pathological Altruists to name but a few. Review your “Silent Spring” and the attending banning and restrictions on the use of DDT. The carnage visited on the inhabitants of the Sub Sahara, South America, and Asia is unconscionable. Read Erlich’s “Population Bomb” and the Club of Rome literature “carrying capacity” is code for distain of inhabitants of Third World countries.. Science is intended to drive policy not the other way around. Policy driven Science misallocates capital but more importantly takes lives.

    These modern environmentalists, and I’m including the Global Warming Alarmists, are immoral and inhuman and have racked up a body count that surpasses 100 million and counting, 80% children under five and pregnant women.

    • colleenf October 6, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      Excellent post!!!
      Bet we won’t hear from even ONE of the ecoterrorists or liberal loonies on this subject.
      They can only post (aka: rant and rave) about feel-good nonsense about “feed the poor!” or “for the children!” when they want another tax or abortion clinic opened.
      Everyone needs to share this story around the world.

      • seriously?????? January 21, 2014 at 9:44 AM

        Which one of the posts on here, including you own post, was not a rant or a rave… honestly… they are all baseless rants….
        The “liberal loonies” read these articles. Unfortunately there is generally no point in posting a comment as you have already made up your minds on the topic. Oh, and there is nothing like name calling to show just how intelligent an audience really is!!!
        How about you blame the actual legislators and leaders of the countries of the world for the starving and sick children. Greenpeace is not the be all, end all of legislation. They do not make the decisions or laws that are brought down on the world residents. They are just one of the many, many lobbing groups out there. They seem to take the brunt of the blame though! Get out there and do something if you want to make a change in the world. Sitting on you rear ends will do nothing but make you look silly…
        Oh… ecoterrorists?? You guys can do better than that..

      • Howard Allen September 7, 2017 at 4:22 AM

        Story? You mean Big Lie of course.

    • Howard Allen September 7, 2017 at 4:26 AM

      And you’re not a fascist psychopath shill of course.

  3. colleenf October 6, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Thanks to the ecoterrorists, we also have more deaths and illness each year due to malaria since the elimination of DDT.
    The DDT claims on environmental disaster was perpetrated by a false study and downright lies.
    Now thanks to the current crop of ecoterrorists in Green Peace……kids are dying due to vitamin A deficiencies.
    Is this just not another example of an anarchists/terrorist at work???

    • Howard Allen September 6, 2017 at 11:57 PM

      Could you explain precisely how Greenpeace are responsible for kids dying due to VAD colleen. Thanks

  4. Dann October 7, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Who is to say that Rice with Beta Carotene is the absolute solution to the problem? What about other crops? Cheaper food imports? Not exploiting other countries? Perhaps if we remove some of the bigger issues that are causing this one, the issue wouldn’t exist.

    Every time I hear Bill and Melinda Gates, my exploiting senses start to tingle. Those two have done nothing but exploit education, labour and agriculture for their own profit and those they work with. They invest heavily in Walmart, Big Oil, and Big Pharma.

    I sure do want to see this problem solved and blocking life-saving grains doesn’t sit well with me, but by they should not be singled out as the villains here.

  5. lopata seven October 11, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Golden rice is a sham, it has nothing to do with saving life of poor children, it is a for profit driven campaign. Now poor farmer will be more poor as they will not be able to save seeds for next year without paying royalty.

    • Star Craving Engineer October 16, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      From paragraph five of the original post:

      ” Golden Rice is controlled by non-profit organizations, and it produces
      viable Golden Rice seeds, so farmers are not dependent on any particular

      So, one of you is misinformed. I doubt that it’s Patrick Moore.

  6. Kathy D March 12, 2017 at 10:58 AM

    Get your facts straight! This guy is NOT a founder or cofounder of GREENPEACE! He is a paid lobbyist! You people who wrote negative posts about Greenpeace are probably also the ones who voted in Trump! And to collenf I’d like to see you idiot drink DDT or why not serve it to your kids at dinner! You moron!

  7. Howard Allen September 6, 2017 at 11:48 PM

    At the end of the above article it says:

    “Eight million children have died unnecessarily since Golden Rice was invented. How
    many more million can Greenpeace carry on its conscience?” Dr. Moore asked.

    “Invented”? Perhaps Mr Moore would like to tell us just exactly when GR WAS “invented”, as he puts it. Though I doubt it somehow, because it’s non-sensical.

    But to anyone reading this disgusting piece of black propaganda who doesn’t know the actual situation with the GR project, they would be led to believe that GR has been ready for distribution and cultivation for years, and that Greenpeace has somehow been preventing it from being distributed and cultivated and, as a consequence of that, millions of children have unnecessarily died.

    But the reality is totally different.

    After almost twenty years of working on GR, it is still not ready, and as it says on The Golden Rice Project’s website, “Field trials are being conducted in the Philippines and the regulatory process is in full motion.” and also states that “When Golden Rice will finally reach the farmers very much depends on the regulatory environment of each country.”

    One of Adolf Hitler’s favourite propaganda techniques was Repitition, and THAT is precisely what this black propaganda op against Greenpeace is all about – just repeating a Big Lie – another of Hitler’s favourites – over and over and over again, the idea being that if joe public hears it enough times they will believe it is true.

    The Nazis are alive and well, and will do absolutely anything to fulfill their goal of total control of the world’s food supply.

  8. Howard Allen September 7, 2017 at 12:36 AM

    Patrick Moore is first and foremost a black propagandist.

    If the following short video (less than a minute) doesn’t convince you that the guy is a complete and utter phony and totally devoid of integrity, then nothing will:

  9. Howard Allen September 7, 2017 at 2:08 AM

    Given that hundreds of thousands of young children have been dying and going blind every year for many, many decades due to Vit A deficiency, one would have thought that the biggest priority by far for those working on developing GM crops back in the 1980s would have been to develop a genetically engineered crop to address this problem. But NO, that wasn’t the case at all, and the first thing that they had on the market was a tomato that had a longer shelf life. THAT was in1994, and then by the following year they came up with GM maize (corn) and GM soybeans and canola and GM cotton.

    So if instead of putting all their efforts into cash crops, they had worked on producing vitamin enhanced crops that could prevent millions from going blind and dying, they could have prevented about ten or eleven million people (mainly young children) from going blind in the past twenty years or so, and more than five million from dying. But it obviously wasn’t a priority to these companies, and only profits and further enriching themselves and their shareholders was their main priority.

    And those working on the Golden Rice program have again and again – just as they are NOW – been telling us during the last ten or twelve years that it should be ready in a year or two, then a year or two passes and they say it again, and so on. So when Moore states in the above article that Golden Rice was invented in 1999 – and gives every indication that it was ready to be cultivated – he is lying through his teeth, and what he then says shortly afterwards about Greenpeace ‘blocking’ these efforts is just another Big Lie on top of the first Big Lie. He deviously and deceitfully crafts his article to give every indication that Golden Rice has been ready since 1999, and that Greenpeace have been blocking its implementation ever since then.

    What can you say about such a person. There are no words to convey my disgust and loathing and contempt for this so-called doctor.

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