Global development podcast: farmers, GM crops and agriculture's future
With hunger affecting millions, the need for sustainable farming is greater than ever. What's the way forward?
Source: The Guardian (21 Nov 2012)
Author: John Vidal, Vivienne Perry, Claire Provost and Iain Chambers
The United Kingdom-based newspaper, The Guardian, has released a global development podcast, “Farmers, GM [genetically modified] crops and Agriculture’s Future.” The Guardian asks: “With hunger affecting millions, the need for sustainable farming is greater than ever. What's the way forward? What will farms look like in 20 years? Do small-scale farmers hold the key to global food security? Is there a role for GM crops to play?” The Guardian’s environment editor, John Vidal, is joined by Patrick Mulvany, the former senior adviser to Practical Action and co-chair of the UK Food Group, Andrew Dorward, the economic director at the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy at Soas, and Morgane Danielou, the co-chair of Farming First and private-sector representative at the UN committee on world food security. The podcast debate is available on The Guardian’s website.