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Medical News & Perspectives
November 1, 2016

Nobel Laureates Pick Food Fight With GMO Foes

JAMA. 2016;316(17):1752-1753. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.11571

As we know from a certain singing amphibian, it’s not easy being green.

But if you’re Greenpeace, it’s getting that much harder. Not even Kermit has ever been censured by 110 Nobel Prize winners.

The public reproach of Greenpeace by 44% of living Nobelists dates to late June, when an open letter signed by the laureates exhorted the environmental group to drop its campaign against genetically modified (GM) foods, particularly Golden Rice. This widely ballyhooed strain of GM rice has been touted as the solution to rampant vitamin A deficiency in the developing world, which is responsible for more than a million deaths per year and is “the leading cause of childhood blindness affecting 250 000-500 000 children each year” according to the Nobel letter.