EACH YEAR sev­eral mil­lion chil­dren either die or suffer irreparable devel­op­mental defects because of vit­amin A defi­ciency. Count­less others are harmed by mal­nu­tri­tion and star­va­tion. Yet many of these deaths would be pre­ventable if we addressed them head on and used the tools that exist to stop them.

One of the key tools is the use of genet­i­cally mod­i­fied organ­isms, known better as GMOs. Modern genetic engi­neering makes pro­ducing GMO food prod­ucts rel­a­tively easy. GMOs can improve crop yield and greatly enhance the nutri­tional value of those same crops.

Yet Euro­pean politi­cians have deemed biotech crops too unsafe for their com­pa­triots to con­sume — despite the fact that the rest of the world has been eating them for years with no dis­cernible adverse con­se­quences. What’s worse, these politi­cians are spreading this alarmist mes­sage to the devel­oping world, to coun­tries that des­per­ately need the ben­e­fits GMO foods offer to feed mal­nour­ished pop­u­la­tions. I ask this: How many chil­dren must suffer before this anti-​​GMO pro­pa­ganda is called out for being what it is — a crime against humanity?

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