As the corporate–political drive to introduce GM crops intensifies, with recent support from the BBC in its Countryside File, the Farmers Guardian – which often prints articles showing genetic modification in a positive light – has used its front page to feature the views of establishment scientist Professor Robert Watson.
Yes, witness his choices of career from chief scientist at the World Bank, to Nasa, and as an Associate Director the White House Office, before joining DEFRA and soon returning to America.
All this was omitted by the FG who said only that he was born in Essex, took up DEFRA position and continued to work at the University of East Anglia.
Professor Watson’s parting shot: “GM is a part of the solution to feed the world”
- are not adequately regulated to ensure safety,
- do not increase yield potential,
- do not reduce pesticide use but increase it,
- create serious problems for farmers, including herbicide-tolerant “superweeds”, compromised soil quality, and increased disease susceptibility in crops,
- have mixed economic effects,
- harm soil quality, disrupt ecosystems, and reduce biodiversity,
- do not offer effective solutions to climate change,
- are as energy-hungry as any other chemically-farmed crops
Dr Antoniou’s final assertion: “[GM crops] cannot solve the problem of world hunger but distract from its real causes – poverty, lack of access to food and, increasingly, lack of access to land to grow it on”.