With the world shocked by rising food prices, and millions in the developing world struggling to get enough to eat, the problem of food security is right back on the world’s agenda. And with the world’s population likely to rise to nine billion in the next few decades, feeding the world is going to become an ever-greater problem. Are transgenic crops the answer to the problem, or do they, as Prince Charles has argued, threaten an environmental catastrophe? What’s the evidence on the success or failure of GM to date?
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editor, NovoArgumente; author, Die Steinzeit steckt uns in den Knochen: gesundheit als erbe der evolution
professor of biotechnology, Univesity of Glamorgan; government advisor; author People, Plants, and Genes: The Story of Crops and Humanity and Plant Biotechnology (forthcoming).
campaigns director, Soil Association
science and technology director, Institute of Ideas
GM crops can boost productivity in lean times. Prince Charles was wrong to dismiss them out of hand.Julian Little, The Guardian, 14 August 2008
Prince Charles has warned that the adoption of genetic modification in farming has set the world on course for "the biggest disaster, environmentally, of all time".Robert Booth, The Guardian, 13 August 2008
What are genetically modified crops, and should we be concerned about them?David Adam, Guardian, 23 May 2008
Rather than simply vilifying agbiotech and GM crops, we need to foster a greater understanding of the wider opportunities (and possible risks) that they might bring.Denis Murphy, Public Service Review, 1 December 2006