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Janabi Discusses Transformation from Anti-biotech Activist to Supporter of Biotech

November 20, 2013

Fourat Janabi, author of the book Random Rationality: a Rational Guide to an Irrational World explained in a media interview how he changed his views on biotechnology. Janabi was an anti-biotech activist but changed his views when he read Ray Kurzweil's The Singularity is Near in which Kurzweil dealt with "the dangers of not accepting technology." More research about Golden Rice and writings by Kevin Folta, interim chairman of the University of Florida's horticulture program, further intensified his confidence in GMOs which he now believes to be beneficial to many.

"People's lives are hanging in the balance. You know, it's nice and easy when we are here in the West and we're well-fed, but there are starving people in Africa and Southeast Asia. A billion people go to sleep hungry every single night. Sixteen million of those die in a year, nine million of those are kids. Genetically modified food, which is just as safe as conventional food, can help them," said Janabi.

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