Golden Rice Controversy

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Eva Resnick-Day and her question about the fossil fuel industry was enough to make Hillary Clinton lose her calm at her campaign in New York (Phillip). It was not the first time Eva had done this, and it was not the first time her group was known for this. Eva belongs to a group known as Greenpeace, an environmental awareness group with deep ties in past and current issues. In the past, it had focused on whaling and nuclear efforts, but with stricter regulations in place and in order to stay relevant, Greenpeace has moved onto current issues, such as Golden Rice in India. However, the reasoning and effects of this issue has caused widespread controversy. Greenpeace’s protest on Golden Rice is causing it to lose support as it strays from their original goal of environmental protest into popular pseudoscience.
Greenpeace found its beginnings in the Cold war as the “Don’t Make a Wave Committee,” a group of people who worked together in the basement of a church to
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With other crop varieties, such as rapeseed, maize, cotton, and soybean, popular ideals circulate faster than scientific journals and cause the setback and even destruction of some varieties (Rousu). In Greenpeace’s crosshairs, Golden Rice is no exception. In a twenty minute video on the site YouTube, Greenpeace’s official channel hosts a short, twenty minute long documentary named “All that glitters is not Gold – The Truth about GE ‘Golden’ Rice”. In the video are claims, such as that the lack of beta-Carotene is not from the lack of the vitamin in the available foods, but that the people of the area are not eating properly (“All that glitters is not Gold”). While the documentary may sway people to join Greenpeace’s members and donate to their cause, it does not directly harm the population in Southeast Asia where Golden Rice is a staple crop. What does harm them, though, is the Greenpeace funded destruction of their

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