‘Unethical’ not to use GM crops in countries facing famine

30.09.2013

Irish Examiner

Published 30 September 2013

Europe’s chief scientific adviser has claimed it is “unethical” not to use genetically modified crops in developing countries facing famine and malnutrition.

Scottish scientist Anne Glover, who was appointed as chief scientific adviser to European Commission president José Manuel Barroso in 2012, said it is unethical not to use crops produced with GM technology when other approaches have failed.

“When GM technology was in its infancy, many people were concerned about the technology and in particular the fact that we were now able to manipulate plants in a targeted manner compared to the trial-and-error approach we used with conventional plant breeding,” Ms Glover told the EU news service EurActiv.

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