Opinion: Don’t Fear GM Crops, Europe!
Published on 28 May 2013
If the European Union is to have any hope of feeding its population in the future, it must end its illogical aversion to genetic modification.
Researchers have genetically modified crop plants to grow well in harsh environments where conventional crops cannot flourish due to the prevalence of pests and diseases. They can overcome weeds by allowing the use of environmentally-safe herbicides, and they can overcome insect pests and the diseases they carry by producing very specific toxins that do not affect beneficial insects and are harmless to humans and animals. But there is one environment that seems insurmountably hostile to GM crops—the European Union.