Europe pays price of non-scientific caution on GM
Published 28 July 2013
First, all forms of agriculture, genetically modified, conventional or organic, are not natural and therefore all farmers are engaged with a “fight with nature” to secure their production. This means that pests and weeds develop resistance to all forms of control that humans try to impose on them, and have developed, and continue to develop, resistance which renders an “arms race against nature” an inevitable consequence of humans trying to feed themselves. GM crop production systems are no different in this context to other forms of agriculture.
GM technology represents one of a number of tools available to help deliver the agricultural productivity improvements needed to feed a growing world population and is already making an important contribution to this goal through yield improvements.