Developing world food crisis: Can hungry countries afford to say ‘no’ to GM crops?

In many countries GM crops are not accepted because they are thought to be unsafe for both human health and environment. However, more than 2,000 scientific papers over the last 10 years have evaluated the safety of GM crops on human health and all of them have concluded that they are as safe as crops obtained by conventional breeding. Furthermore, for the past 15 years, people in the United States have been eating GM crops and, until now, not one single negative health effect has been observed.

GMOs could address the huge challenge of the global food shortage we are currently facing. Today, out of around 7 billion people on this planet, almost 2 billion people are hungry. By 2050, the world’s population will be 9 billion. That’s another 2 billion mouths to feed. To do so, the amount of food we produce between 2014 and 2050 must be equal to the amount grown in the last 2,013 years.

To obtain this enormous quantity of food, agricultural production as we know it today will not be enough. Genetically modified crops can be an answer to these increased food requirements. And society should look at the product and not at the process that made the product.

Read the full, original article: Can a Hungry World Say No to GM Crops and Still Have Food Security?

 

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