Biotech ups food production, won’t feed world alone

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If we are going to reduce hunger in the world’s smallholder agricultural communities we need to look past genetically-engineered crops. (CREDIT: Flickr/davidsilver, via The Conversation)

The biotech industry has long sought legitimacy by claiming that its genetically modified crop technologies are “feeding the world”. However this relentless focus on increasing food production ignores the fact that mass hunger exists alongside a huge food surplus.

To really reduce world hunger on a permanent basis, we need to embrace the ideas of food sovereignty, which highlights the politics of food, in terms of resource ownership, market control and decision-making power; and the concept of agroecology, which blends traditional farming knowledge with modern understandings of on-farm ecosystem services.

Read the full story here: Feeding the world with a mix of science and tradition

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