Let’s open our minds and mouths to GM food
Published 17 October 2013
Foods derived from genetically modified (GM) crops are not available for human consumption in large parts of the world, including Europe, because of health fears, although there is little or no evidence of any risk. Nevertheless, opponents of GM food claim there is no proof it is safe to eat.
GM food is consumed widely in North America, and advocates for GM crops claim that widespread adoption will be essential to develop the hardy crops necessary to feed the burgeoning population: by 2050 the world will have to grow 70 per cent more food to keep up. The GM food issue is discussed by David Freedman in Scientific American (September 2013) and Mike Gibney in Something to Chew On (UCD Press, 2012).