A large group of Nobel laureates has accused Greenpeace of becoming anti-scientific fear mongers, as it called for the environmental group to end its campaign against genetically modified organisms. A total of 108 Nobel laureates signed the open letter, titled “Why Greenpeace is Wrong about GMOs and Golden Rice, this week. The growing number of signatories pointed to Greenpeace’s ardent resistance to the use of Vitamin-A enhanced Golden Rice, a GMO strain meant to alleviate nutritional deficiencies in the developing world. The laureates allege in the letter that the environmental group has led a “fact-challenged propaganda campaign against innovations in agricultural biotechnology.” “GMOs are extensively tested and subjected to a higher degree of regulatory review than any other crops and foods,” the letter reads. “Greenpeace have also claimed that Golden Rice would not work; that it would not deliver enough vitamin A to be effective, or that it would produce so much as to be dangerous. All these claims are false.” The debate around GMOs has been fierce in recent years. Many people think the scientifically modified crops are unsafe and some have demanded products containing them should be labeled as such. But a May report from the National Academies of Science found GMOs were safe for humans and animals to eat, though it stated the farming method doesn’t increase crop yield. The report analyzed more than 1,000 studies and excluded those from biotech companies like Monsanto or DuPont, The New York Times notes.
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