GM crops may not resolve food crisis, scientists say

| | September 25, 2012
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Genetically modified (GM) crops have so far been promoted as the ‘breakthrough’ technology that will help resolve food insecurity in India. But a group of prominent agricultural scientists, who addressed the media on Monday in Delhi, said that GM crops may not help feed India’s booming population. They suggested that India use a mix of ecological farming, supported by conventional breeding and make optimum use of local knowledge and natural resources instead.

“How we grow our crops, what kind of crops will be grown, where and by whom are in fact the critical questions”, said Prof Hans Herren, Co-chair of International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD), who was awarded the World Food Prize in 1995. “India must invest in rural infrastructure and institutions”.

View the original article here: GM crops may not resolve food crisis, scientists say – Times of India

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