It sounds outrageous, and something the left-wing normally accuse conservatives of, but int his case, the green taliban and their anti-everything approach is actually killing children.
Genetically-modified crops will “improve human health”, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has said, as he warned that people “thwarting” their production are putting lives at risk.
Mr Paterson said that GM offers “wonderful opportunities” that could benefit human health and the environment.
He said GM production in the UK would mean less spraying of pesticides and less intensive farming.
Mr Paterson also said that an expansion of GM crops could lead to the creation of more nature reserves because it would allow more intensive farming, therefore freeing up “space for biodiversity, nature and wilderness”.
Mr Paterson is battling to persuade officials in the European Union to lift current rules which only allow one type of maize to be grown in the UK.
Britain is pushing for scores of GM crops to be given the green light by EU regulators, including herbicide tolerant maize and sugar beet.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Paterson said that the next generation of GM foods could benefit human health.
He gave the example of “golden rice”, a strain of the food that boosts vitamin A levels and reduces blindness in developing countries.
Mr Paterson indicated that opponents of the crop could have saved 7 million lives.
“The next generation of GM offers the most wonderful opportunities to improve human health,” Mr Paterson said.
“The most shocking case that has come out is that golden rice was first created in 1999 by two German professors.
“The World Health Organisation estimates that up to 500,000 children go irreversibly blind a year and 250,000 of those actually die.
“The problem is mainly in South-East Asia but over the last 15 years despite offering the seeds for free to those who would need them, every attempt to deploy this golden rice has been thwarted. In that time 7 million children have gone blind or died.”
Mr Paterson added: “I think all those who have thwarted the attempts to bring in this…should really reflect. Those are real young people.”