Golden Rice

Golden Rice and Why You Should Not Fund Greenpeace

May 21, 2015 // 3 Comments

Without a doubt, Greenpeace has previously been a force for good. Helping to convince governments and the population as a whole the importance of protecting the rainforests and biodiversity, to stress the need for renewable energy, and to condemn the gruesome act of whale hunting – to name just a few things they’ve done. However, is that what they are going to be remembered for? Video based on ‘Gold vs. Green’ Engineering the Provitamin A (β-Carotene) Biosynthetic Pathway [...]

Gold vs. Green

May 2, 2015 // 23 Comments

Edited by Peter The very humble and noble beginning of the international environmental organisation, Greenpeace, began in the basement of a Unitarian church. There, in the middle of the cold war, a plan was hatched to sail a boat from Vancouver across the North Pacific to protest the testing of American nuclear weapons. Although they never made it to the test site, their story was reported across North America – which led to President Nixon cancelling the remaining test in that series. [...]

#067 – Greenpeace Will Be Remembered in History as Monsters

March 8, 2015 // 4 Comments

Myles and James talk about one of the fantastic inventions of the modern era, the GMO Golden rice. This is a rice that produces vitamin A (actually make the precursor that the body turns into vitamin A). A recent Greenpeace video explains how they are ok with children going blind and over 600000 dying. Golden rice could be part of the solution to this complex issue of malnutrition in the developing world. AntiGmo groups however see its utility as a slippery slope into further uses of GMO [...]

What’s Ben Goldacre’s Beef with Monsanto?!

February 15, 2015 // 16 Comments

Edited by Peter Ben Goldacre’s ‘Bad Science’ is a collection of columns he wrote for The Guardian that are critical of the mainstream media coverage of scientific and medical issues. It covers topics such as the vaccinations scare after the publication of Andrew Wakefield’s paper, the history and effectiveness of homeopathy, and snake oil salesmen selling their products to AIDS sufferers. I have to admit that at first I was not very interested in reading Ben’s book. This was not [...]