The answer to global hunger, Minister Paterson, is not GM technology

23 Mar

The assumption that GM crops will feed the world, voiced in an Observer article last week, is contested by informed analysts, scientists, food producers and civil society groups everywhere.

iaastd report 08-09Representatives of groups with relevant expertise, writing today in the Observer, emphasise that the answer to global hunger is agroecology and access to land – not this technical “solution” which has seen a significant rise in Indian farmers’ suicides. There is also evidence of disease in laboratory GM-fed animals, an increase in superweeds and rootworm resistance (Nature). Ministers are ignoring contrary evidence, such as the report from UNEP’s  International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development to which hundreds of international scientists made contributions.

Instead, the British and American governments are supporting pro-GM corporations, such as Syngenta and Monsanto, which set profits before the needs of the poor.

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2 Responses to “The answer to global hunger, Minister Paterson, is not GM technology”

  1. admin March 24, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

    Comment from Moseley:

    I’m replying to your article on the GM industry and counter arguments, surely one of the most important is the political tyranny exerted by the GM industry, spreading its tentacles worldwide. In the radio debates on the pros and cons of the GM process I have heard, it seems to me that not a single argument on these lines is ever produced.

  2. admin March 24, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

    Yes; though this argument is often highlighted by opponents, the BBC doesn’t touch it.

    On several issues the BBC’s reputation for impartiality has been destroyed.

    People write to protest but are fobbed off with vacuous standard responses.

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