Anti-technology activists deprive the poor of meaningful benefits
(NC) According to the Daily Mail, activists intent on hindering agricultural progress are actually doing more harm than good.
The UK-based publication recently highlighted examples of how ideological opposition to plant biotechnology is impeding progress on technologies that could be helping the world. According to the Daily Mail:
• German-based BASF has given up hope of getting blight-resistant potatoes approved in Europe because of obstacles to getting the crops approved, as well as the high risk that the crops would be vandalized. Blight-resistant potatoes would give farmers non-chemical options for protecting this crop. Potatoes are a nutritionally rich staple of many diets.
• “Green” groups have successfully blocked efforts to have a blight-resistant eggplant approved in India, Bangladesh and the Philippines, where the plant is a staple of many diets. Susceptible to a blight that is spread by insects, farmers in these developing countries have fewer options for protecting these important crops.
• Campaigners have successfully held-up for years approval of golden rice, developed to have increased levels of vitamin A to save lives and prevent blindness.. Trials are now underway in the Philippines.
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