Excellent commentary by Cami Ryan. I agree with her assessment, may have some slightly different takes on some of the details. I am always in favor of more options that prove themselves to be worthy. Through my work and the work of other colleagues around the world, we know that GM crops can provide benefits to society. Obviously, there costs and risks involved. Nothing to be surprised about, this is just one more technology that we should not be afraid of especially when it has undergone regulatory assessment.
You may have run across this article “10 Reasons We Don’t Need GM Foods”on the FoodConsumer website. It’s been making its rounds on social media (Facebook and Twitter). I would like to address some of the inaccuracies in this article – point by point:
1. GM foods won’t solve the food crisis
Well, surprisingly enough, I agree with this one. Or at least with the statement: GM foods ALONE won’t solve the food crisis. GM foods and genetically engineered (GE) crops aren’t a silver bullet in resolving problems with food security. I refer to Mark Lynas (former Greenpeace activist and author) who said in a recent talk he gave at Cornell University:
“[GE/GM] cannot build better roads or chase away corrupt officials. But surely seeds which deliver higher levels of nutrition, which protect the resulting plant against pests without the need for expensive chemical inputs, and which…
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