GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, have been used in agriculture for centuries. Contrary to popular belief, when a food is “GMO,” it does not mean it is more processed or less healthy. Genetically modifying food is a process that has the potential to increase the yield of food crops and save billions from starvation and malnutrition. To counter the green left that thrives in New England, Students at Boston College in Massachusetts were polled on whether they thought GMO food should be made available to starving nations and individuals. The result was an overwhelming yes.
83% of students polled agreed that those who cannot find or are having trouble affording food should have access to GMO food. “It makes sense to give people who are starving the option to eat GMO food,” said freshman Daniel Toal. “I didn’t realize that we had been using GMOs for centuries of farming.”
GMO refers to the process by which growing and creating crops happens. It targets and enhances genes in plants that increase resistance to pesticides or have the potential to make crops larger. As a result, food costs have dropped and more food, such as corn and tomato based products, are being made available to poor populations every day.
Unfortunately, groups like Greenpeace refuse to pay attention to science and continue to not just oppose GMOs, but destroy test fields around the world. In June of 2016, 107 Nobel laureates signed a letter condemning Greenpeace for its stance in opposition to GMOs. In August of 2013, Greenpeace came out in support of the destruction of GMO rice test fields in the Philippines which can help prevent blindness in children due to malnutrition. While anti-GMO activists reported that the fields were destroyed by 400 local farmers outraged by GMOs, in reality it was a few dozen anti-GMO activists who destroyed the crop and bused in local farmers to watch. In 2011, Greenpeace activists broke into an Australian test field for GMOs and destroyed the crops, refusing to listen to the Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator which had approved the tests.
“It’s a tragedy that groups like Greenpeace and many individuals on the left politically oppose GMOs,” said National Director of Collegians, Adam Houser. “They should listen to the students at Boston College, who despite being located in one of the most liberal places in the nation, support the use of GMO foods to help feed the hungry by a huge majority. We need to stop fighting science so people stop starving.”
The poll was an initiative of CFACT’s “Stop Playing Games with Hunger” campaign, which aims to bring awareness to the potential GMO foods have to stop the needless death and disease that afflicts billions due to hunger and malnutrition.