Why France remains a global GMO laggard

A notable piece titled France Fails Science Test was recently published in Cosmos by Marcel Kuntz, John Davison and Agnes E. Ricroch, three plant biologists who wonderfully illustrate how French politics beats scientific reason when it comes to the debate on GMOs. The article argues that France has far strayed from the footsteps of Norma Borlaug, once named the “Father of the Green Revolution,” and has forgotten the role that plant breeding has played in increasing ag productivity.

Kuntz, Davison, and Ricroch reaffirmed the burden that these poor decisions are placing on French farmers and argued that “they (farmers) have lost their freedom of choice.” These authors are so disheartened by the fact that “this failure of science-based decision making is a loss to our agriculture, and diminishes the international standing of France’s scientific tradition.”

Read the full, original article: France’s Failure: GMOs and The Green Revolution

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