June 11, 2008

Food Crisis Renews Biotech Farming Debate

As global food prices climb, the debate over genetically modified agriculture is once again heating up.

The Christian Science Monitor reports that resistance to the use of modified crops is declining in some regions, as farmers contemplate increased profits, and governments feel the economic pressure.

After the cost of non-genetically modified corn more than doubled, for example, Japan and Korea have “quietly” begun allowing modified corn in snacks and drinks.

In France, following a contentious debate, a bill to allow gene-altered crops passed in parliament by one vote — but can’t be enacted until the European Union lifts its ban.

The Monitor reports that Europe’s farmers and agribusiness — such as Germany’s BASF corporation, which is pushing a genetically modified potato to market — are even pondering legal action to open up continental markets to their biotech food products.

Opponents point out that there has been little research into the long-term health effects of modified crops on humans.

However, their biggest concern is the unknown biological effects on non-modified plants that will inadvertently crossbreed with modified crops due to pollination by wind, insects and birds.

The Monitor reports, however, that opposition to modified crops in Africa is mostly driven by governmental fears of diminished agricultural exports to nations that have banned biotech foodstuffs.

Source:

“Food crisis softens resistance to genetically modified (GM) food”
Christian Science Monitor, June 6, 2008

2 thoughts on “Food Crisis Renews Biotech Farming Debate

  1. This is the only way we can survive. I the authorities keep on neglecting the biotech foods with in years we are gonna meet drastic scarcity for food. Biotech is net more synthetic. Naturally we got the ideas to survive .nothing wrong going in natural way. I please you all men to paye way for biotech emergence. The only hope for future human survival.

  2. im so mad about all of this i wish there was just some how all of this global warming could just stop. im sick of it soon every one will die and suffer it’s just not fair!!!! and im young yet but im worried about all the things that are happening around here and it is our falt and no one is doing any thing about it as food and taxes and gas and temps. are getting higher the world is getting smaller and we are getting worse with all these prices!!!!!please help!!