‘MEDIA CONFERENCE’ ANNOUNCEMENT
The Golden Rice South Asian Tour
Dr. Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace, now leader of the Allow Golden Rice Campaign, is bringing the Golden Rice Asian Tour to the Philippines, where vitamin A deficiency is a major cause of child mortality.
Vitamin A deficiency in the Philippines effects 1.7 million children under the age of five and 500,000 pregnant and nursing women.
Worldwide, about 2 million children die every year from diseases related to vitamin A deficiency, and between 250,000 and 500,000 go blind. Vitamin A deficiency is the biggest killer of children in the world today.
Golden Rice is the obvious cure, but because it was created with genetic science, Greenpeace and the anti-GMO movement fervently oppose it. No country has approved it for cultivation.
“If Golden Rice was a cure for a disease like malaria, cancer, or ebola it would have been approved years ago,” stated Dr. Moore. “It is time the international community intervened in this humanitarian tragedy.”
The Golden Rice Tour will begin with a field trip to the International Rice Research Institute near Manila, the lead agency internationally for the development of Golden Rice. This will be followed by a Media Conference at the Press Club of the Philippines March 6 at 11.00am.
“It is a testament to the uncaring attitude of Greenpeace and groups like MASIPAG that they will not drop their opposition to Golden Rice,” stated Dr. Moore. “Golden Rice has been proven to deliver vitamin A to both adults and children so there is certainty that it could save millions of lives. Can you imagine the grief of millions of poor parents who watch helplessly while their young children perish before their eyes”?
Dr. Moore and the other members of the tour will deliver a 35 minute presentation followed by questions from the media.
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Best Western Hotel La Corona Manila
Press Club of the Philippines
March 6 – 11.00am
Dr. Patrick Moore
“If Golden Rice were a cure for cancer, malaria, or Ebola, it would have been approved 10 years ago.”
“Greenpeace – you’re guilty of a crime against humanity for opposing Golden Rice. Millions of children are dying from vitamin A deficiency.”
“Vitamin A deficiency kills more children than malaria, AIDS or tuberculosis.”
“Vitamin A deficiency is the biggest killer of children in the whole world – and yet we’ve got a cure for it and it’s not allowed to be used.”
“We demands that Greenpeace drop its opposition to Golden Rice and that they condemn any further destruction of scientific trials underway to secure certification for farming.”