October 30, 2014

30/10/2014: The consequences of GM are more about politics than science

by Tom Chivers - The Telegraph

Frankenfood or saviour of the starving? In the latest blow to the anti-GM movement, a consortium of European scientists has urged government to embrace GM food as the only way to feed the planet.
 

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They're not the only ones: last year, the then Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, made a major speech calling on the European Union to drop its barriers preventing genetically modified organisms being grown and sold in Europe.

It could, he said, be the difference between survival and starvation for millions of people around the world.


So what's the truth? (And if what follows is familiar, it's because it's based on a piece I wrote at the time of Paterson's speech - but then, the facts about GM haven't changed in that time.)

Everyone agrees that we need to get better at feeding people. Our population reached seven billion two years ago; it is predicted to level off at nine billion in the middle of this century. GM proponents suggest that it can be an important tool in our battle to feed that ever-growing number of mouths; opponents suggest that it is a distraction, and a dangerous one.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/agriculture/geneticmodification/11197471/GM-food-saving-lives-or-lining-corporate-pockets.html


Read the rest of Tom's article HERE.
 

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