Fumento vs. The Tofu-Breath Terrorists


[VDARE.COM note: we
congratulate Michelle and Jesse Malkin on the birth of
Julian Daniel Malkin, 6
pounds 9 ounces, November 14
.]

They are bomb-throwing Birkenstock brats. Wolves in hemp clothing.
Enemies of scientific progress. Inveterate haters of

humanity.

They are environmental extremists and animal rights zealots. They are
running loose. And they are endangering us all.

The national press, which has put a

happy green face
on the environmental movement for
three decades, has largely ignored a recent rising tide
of violence being waged by eco-nuts

across the country
—and

around the world

In August, someone

planted explosives
at biotechnology giant

Chiron Corp
. in Emeryville, Calif. Less than a month
later, cosmetics manufacturer Shaklee Corp. in
Pleasanton was hit. Both targets have ties to Huntingdon
Life Sciences, a research lab that conducts animal tests
for pharmaceutical, agrochemical and biotechnology
products. Huntingdon has for years been the victim of a
sustained campaign of intimidation, harassment, and
violence by anti-science thugs.

No one was hurt in the northern California attacks, but the bomb
blasts struck terror in researchers at both companies
who have dedicated their careers to improving their
fellow citizens` quality of life.

The chief suspect in the bombings is Daniel Andreas San Diego. The
feds, who have issued an

all-points bulletin
listing him as armed and
dangerous, say he has gone underground—most likely with
the help of a loose-knit network of radical
animal-rights activists. The San Francisco Chronicle

described
San Diego as a “clean-cut, soft-spoken
25-year-old Sonoma County man, who was trying to invent
a vegan marshmallow.”


“Vegan marshmallows.”


What an apt metaphor for domestic terrorists who take
cover under the guise of “mainstream”
environmental activism with its mushy and harmless
façade. PETA, the pet charity of famous vegans such as
Alicia Silverstone and Paul McCartney, may seem as pale
and innocuous as a marshmallow. But it doesn`t just dole
out money for celebrity anti-meat ads.

The group has provided financial support for the Earth Liberation
Front, which along with its sister organization, the
Animal Liberation Front, is responsible for committing
more than 600 criminal acts between 1996 and 2002,
according to the FBI.
In Washington,
mainstream green lobbyists are silent about anti-biotech
mayhem that has resulted in the destruction of
experimental crops in the Pacific Northwest, Louisiana,
France, and India.

What`s at stake? While
aspiring terrorists with tofu breath build nail bombs
and play with matches, the best and brightest scientists
around the world are forging miraculous breakthroughs
that will benefit all mankind—and especially the poor in
underdeveloped nations that the leftists and Luddites
claim to care about so much.

Science journalist

Michael Fumento
comprehensively documents such
stunning developments in his eye-opening new book,

Bioevolution: How Biotechnology is Changing Our World.

It`s an invaluable antidote to the irrational
hysteria of eco-terrorists.

Fumento reports on how
agricultural biotech researchers are refining methods of
pumping up protein levels in corn, boosting vitamin
levels in a wide variety of crops, making crops
resistant to the cold, and finding ways to accelerate
the growth of cotton, potatoes, and tomatoes. They`ve
developed a process called “gene silencing” to
fight bacterial diseases that can devastate fruit and
nut harvests and have even come up with a potato plant
that glows green when it`s thirsty.

The same technology that
is producing miracle crops is producing miracle
medicines to improve human health and longevity. Biotech
is also being used to tackle toxic waste, reduce lead
contamination, and clean up sewage systems.

But in the minds of the
technophobes, the only politically correct way to cure
disease is to wear red-string bracelets, eat organically
grown ginger, and pray to Gaia.

The only environmentally
acceptable way to improve the earth is to compost banana
peels and recycle soy milk cartons. And the only morally
tolerable way to use modern technology—e.g., the
Internet—is to use it to preach violence and destroy the
progress of others.

With each new scientific breakthrough, the anti-biotech
militants have grown more desperate and reckless.
“Ultimately,”
Fumento writes, “only two things
can defeat such negativism. One is education; the other
is the products themselves.”

There is a third force: the voices of biotech`s myriad
beneficiaries, from the

cancer patients
whose

lives have been saved
by

Gleevec
to the

Third World consumers
of

golden rice
.

It`s time to verbally roast the vegan marshmallows and
let biotech move forward without fear.

Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of

Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores
.
Click

here
for Peter Brimelow`s review. Click

here
for Michelle Malkin`s website.

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