Food Shortage Pulls Genetically Modified Grains Into Formerly Closed Markets


With world grain inventories running low, grain buyers who once were choosy are eying GM wheat and corn and rice sources as a cheap way to rebuild inventory. New York Times covers the story in depth. Of course, supporters of GM food can (some did) use famine as an argument to have governments and food distributors drop bans on GM food planting or sale. The logic is flawed.

And a new international assessment of the future of agriculture, released last Tuesday, gave such tepid support to the role genetic engineering could play in easing hunger that biotechnology industry representatives withdrew from the project in protest...

Hans R. Herren, co-chairman of the project, said providing more fertilizer to Africa would improve output much more than genetic engineering could. "What farmers really are struggling with are water issues, soil fertility issues and market access for their products," he said.

GM food supporters also conveniently overlook the evidence that GM grain growing practices can cause up to a 10% reduction in yield. See "Common BioFuel Myth: Corn-Based Ethanol To Blame For Global Food Shortages."

Via::New York Times, "In Lean Times, Biotech Grains Are Less Taboo" Image credit::Baking Industry Research Trust.