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originally posted by: TXRabbitPersonally, I don't believe that claim so I simply Googled "What starving countries are receiving GMO crops" and what I saw in the results wasn't surprising.
Rather than a list of countries that are starving or on the verge, I saw article after article after story after headline stating something akin to "Researchers State that GM Crops Will Help End World Hunger" or something similar. Not only current articles but ones going back to 2002 that I saw.
5. We need GMO seed to feed the world. FALSE.
Consider this statement from 24 delegates from 18 African countries who addressed the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization:
“We strongly object that the image of the poor and hungry from our countries is being used by giant multinational corporations to push a technology that is neither safe, environmentally friendly nor economically beneficial to us. We do not believe that such companies or gene technologies will help our farmers to produce the food that is needed in the 21st century. On the contrary, we think it will destroy the diversity, the local knowledge and the sustainable agricultural systems that our farmers have developed for millennia, and that it will thus undermine our capacity to feed ourselves.”
Also consider one March, 2012 report by Anthony Gucciardi that reveals over 900 scientists working under the United Nations were forced to admit that traditional farming actually outperformed GMO crops following their research.
Proponents argue that GM crops can help feed the world. And given ever increasing demands for food, animal feed, fiber and now even biofuels, the world needs all the help it can get.
Unfortunately, it looks like GM corn and soybeans won't help, after all.
A study from the Union of Concerned Scientists shows that genetically engineered crops do not produce larger harvests.
But it appears that, to date, traditional plant breeding boosts crop yields better than genetic modification. Those old farmers were on to something. —David Biello Share this Article: Comments