“How many poor people in the world must die before we consider this a ‘crime against humanity’?”

That’s what more than 100 Nobel Laureates asked the leaders of Greenpeace, United Nations and global governments in their quest to end the opposition of genetically modified (GMO) crops and precision agriculture to save lives.

One hotly contested GMO crop in particular is at the center of the Laureates’ please – golden rice.

As AgPro Editor Rich Keller pointed out in an article here, the ability to add vitamin A into rice was discovered in 2000 and could help children and adults in developing countries avoid blindness and even death associated with Vitamin A Deficiency (VAD).

According to the Golden Rice Project, VAD is responsible for 500,000 cases of irreversible blindness and up to 2 million deaths annually worldwide.

Despite the benefits and potential to save lives, Greenpeace and other outside activist organizations have spread misconception and lies, keeping Golden Rice from being grown and consumed in countries where it’s needed most.

Why does Greenpeace fight Golden Rice? As the group itself said on their website, “behind the hype, GE 'Golden' rice is environmentally irresponsible, poses risks to human health, and could compromise food, nutrition and financial security.”

But now these Nobel Laureates, winners in fields including medicine, economics, physics, chemistry, literature and peace, are openly asking Greenpeace to abandon their campaigns against GMOs, including Golden Rice.  

“In our letter we call upon Greenpeace and like organizations to end their shameful campaign of propaganda and criminal destruction of crops improved by modern genetic technologies, such as GMOs.”  Laureate Sir Richard Roberts said. “We call on governments and world organizations to do everything in their power to oppose anti-GMO obstruction and to accelerate farmer access to the life-saving tools provided by modern biotechnology.”

Click here to learn more or read the full letter.