To the President of the Council of Ministers, Mr. Matteo Renzi
To the Commissioner of Expo 2015, Dr. Giuseppe Sala
To the President of the Region of Lombardy, Hon. Roberto Maroni
To the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Maurizio Martina
To the Mayor of Milan, Hon. Giuliano Pisapia
The title of Expo 2015 is "Feeding the planet, energy for life", we believe that in such a context, a discussion on Genetically Modified Organisms is needed, and it should be promoted through national and international scientific figures, who have been engaged to raise public awareness on the benefits of GMOs and who may present the experimental data on the subject. For these reasons
WE ASK THAT PATRICK MOORE BE APPOINTED AMBASSADOR FOR EXPO 2015.
Patrick Moore is one of the most known environmentalist with a crystal clear reputation since the inception of his career, he is one of the true founders of Greenpeace in the 1970s and has been active in some of the key campaigns of that organization from the opposition to nuclear testing to that of whaling.
Over the past 15 years, Mr. Moore has been involved in activities related to climate change and food shortage in general adopting an original, but not isolated, approach in the environmental movement: the systematic control of the scientifically proved data.
A rational approach that prefers reasoning to emotions, uses the brain not the heart.
This approach has led him to become the main voice for the international campaign to support the experimentations and distribution of the "Golden Rice", a rice enriched with provitamin A, conceived by the scientist Ingo Potrykus, with the aim of increasing the intake of vitamin A in people who have a diet based exclusively on rice and that dramatically causes hundreds of thousands of cases of child blindness precisely because of the lack of vitamins, and because vitamin A is not available in any other way.
It is a humanitarian project, totally free for farmers who wish to adopt this enriched rice, and totally free from the economic interests of the international seed companies.
For his extraordinary work, which could be taken as an example for other similar initiatives and for his now 10-year commitment to the environment, food and the correctness of scientific information in the field of agro-food technologies and genetically modified organisms, and to counter the misinformation on a topic that causes victims, unnecessary suffering, nutritional deficiencies, vitamin deficiency and blindness we suggest Patrick Moore as Ambassador for EXPO 2015.
Marc Van Montagu, World Food Prize
Ingo Potrykus, Golden Rice Humanitarian Board Member
Roberto Defez, Institute of Biosciences and bioresources of The National Research Council, Luca Coscioni Association
Eddo Rugini, Professor, Department of Sciences and Technology for Agriculture, Forest, Environment and Energy, Tuscia University, Luca Coscioni Association
Klauss Ammann, Professor emeritus, University of Bern (Switzerland)
Chiara Tonelli, Professor of Genetics, University of Milan
Drew Kershen, Law Professor Emeritus, United States
Berol Robinson, Physicist, retired science and science education officer of UNESCO, United States
Bob Goldberg, Distinguished Professor & Member US National Academy of Sciences, United States
Felice Cervone, President of the Italian Federation of Life Sciences
Manuela Arata, President of the Science Festival
Michele Stanca, President of UNASA
Luca Pani, Doctor
Fabio Veronesi, Professor of Agricultural Genetics, University of Perugia, Italy
Jonathan Gressel, Professor Emeritus, Weizmann. Inst. of Science, Recipient Israel Prize for Agriculture
Robert Wager, Vancouver Island University
Anthony Shelton, Professor of Entomology, Cornell University
Lucia de Souza, Vice President, ANBio - Brazilian Biosafety Association
Giovanni Vannacci, President of the Italian Phytopathological Society (SIPaV)
Stefania Masci, Associate Professor of Agricultural Genetics
Silviero Sansavini, Professor
Mischa Popoff, Organic Inspector
Uwe Schrader, Chairman InnoPlanta e.V.
Michele Morgante, Professor of Genetics, University of Udine
Cary Pinkowski, CEO Astur Gold
Bruno Mezzetti, Professor
Giovanni Giuliano, Research Director, ENEA
Joep Geraedts, Professor Emeritus
Gilberto Corbellini, Professor of History of Medicine, Sapienza University of Rome, Luca Coscioni Association
Silvano Della Libera, Vice President Futuragra, Luca Coscioni Association
Chicco Testa, former president of Legambiente
Filomena Gallo, Secretary, Luca Coscioni Association
Marco Cappato, World Congress Coordinator and Treasurer of Luca Coscioni Association
Piero Morandini, Researcher, Department of Biosciences, Univ. Milan
Deborah Piovan, Vice president Confagricoltura (Rovigo)
Campagnolo Duilio, President Futuragra
Alberto Guidorzi, ex-general representative in Italy of Florimond
Giorgio Fidenato, President Federated Farmers
Leandro Taboga, industrial researcher
Michele De Luca, Director, Center for Regenerative Medicine "Stefano Ferrari", University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
Jacopo Meldolesi, Professor Emeritus