Sustainability case for GE crops

, | | January 17, 2014
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The public debate about food has become deafening. “Local” and “organic” are mantras of the organic lobby, but organic food represents less than four per cent of Canadian production.

Some claim that genetically engineered crops are not sustainable and damaging to the environment, yet few have asked Canadian farmers, the stewards of the land, why they overwhelmingly grow GE crops. Farmers choose the GE options for approximately 95 per cent of the canola, 90 per cent of the corn and 80 per cent of soybeans they plant. Clearly they accept this technology.

Farmers are being challenged with the huge responsibility of feeding a population of 9.3 billion people by the year 2050. Canadian farmers are producing safe, healthy and reasonably priced food in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner.

Read the full, original article: Farmers have good reasons to rely on GE crops

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