While people in Zimbabwe starve, Robert Mugabe’s [sic] “consumer rights group” raids stores that sell genetically modified food. In Zimbabwe, GM plants provide basic staple foods that the country must import. Their loss seriously depletes the food supply.
This is a case in which the intellectual fads of western leftists in rich countries mutate into something lethal in the less sophisticated political systems of the 3rd world. In this case, the hysteria over genetically modified foods promoted by revenue-seeking, activist-corporations (e.g., Greenpeace) in the developed world provides the moral justification for a thug like Mugabe to kill people.
In the developed world the anti-GM hysteria is nothing more than an effete affectation of upper income pseudo-intellectuals who use expensive, hand grown foods as status-generating conspicuous consumption. It does little harm and possibly some good in separating miseducated fools from their money and transferring it to more responsible con artists. In the undeveloped world, where people have far less margin and need to scrape for every bit of efficiency in of their food production, the imposition of this pseudo-intellectual hysterics makes people go hungry and malnourished.
Much of the developed world has suffered under socialism-generated poverty since the end of the colonial era. Mugabe is far from the first despot to use the rationales generated by western leftists as excuses to oppress and impoverish their people. Even India, the jewel of 3rd-world democracy and stable governance, smothered under nearly 40 years of socialism until the fall of communism caused them to liberalize. Since then, the growth in their standard of living has been explosive. Where would they be today had not western leftists convinced them to follow the path of stagnation and poverty.
How many people have died needlessly of poverty in the last 60 years just so western leftists could congratulate themselves for being so damn smart?