World Without GM Crops Poses Greater Risks
Published 09 December 2013
Consumers' fear of genetically modified crops stems out of uncertainty, but the documented benefits and future potential of GM foods shows that a world without them poses far greater risk. Over the past 25 years, more than 130 research projects involving more than 500 independent research groups have concluded that biotechnology, and in particular GM foods, are no more risky than natural plant breeding techniques. If we tried to produce today’s current food yield using the technology from the 1960s (in other words, mostly "organically"), we would have to rapidly cultivate an additional 3 billion acres, the size of two South Americas. While GM crops can, and have, saved lives from starvation and malnutrition, their rejection by developing world leaders, particularly in times of famine, have undoubtedly contributed to unnecessary deaths. GMOs are no panacea, but to write them off completely is to further exacerbate obstacles to human development and environmental stewardship.