41 winners of the Nobel Prize in Medicine say Greenpeace’s anti-scientific activism kills children

41 winners of the Nobel Prize in Medicine say Greenpeace’s anti-scientific activism kills children, by David Mastio and Omar Mahmood.

More than 100 Nobel laureates [including 41 in medicine] have come together to sign a letter accusing Greenpeace of “crimes against humanity” for the environmental group’s anti-scientific stand against genetically modified organisms, in particular the group’s effort to stop the use of a kind of rice aimed at eradicating vitamin A deficiency, a scourge that has killed millions in the last decade and blinded tens of millions more. The victims, according to the World Health Organization, are mostly children and pregnant mothers. …

The scientists essentially accuse the globally-influential environmental group of allowing “one or two million preventable deaths” in impoverished regions of the world to continue year after year based on a stubborn refusal to listen to the facts.

And this letter is different than other scientific pronouncements. The men and women who signed this letter have driven medical innovation for a quarter century. They are people who have been globally recognized for their role in saving and improving countless lives. They represent the kind of moral and scientific authority that demands an answer beyond “no comment” or complaints about industry ties.

Both USA TODAY and The Washington Post have asked Greenpeace for its reply. As of Wednesday evening, all we had heard is silence.