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Canadian celebrity chef Michael Smith: Debate over GMOs ‘disingenuous first world problems’

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Chef Michael Smith, shown here on his cooking show ‘Chef at Home’.
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Celebrity chef Michael Smith came out in support of genetically-modified food at a consultation about Canada’s Food Policy.

“This debate over whether GMO is something that we should or shouldn’t do is frankly disingenuous, first world problems,” said Smith, who was invited to speak at the event as [Prince Edwards Island] food ambassador. “We need to be able to feed 10 billion people on this planet by 2050.”

“We need that tool in our tool kit,” he said.

Smith went on to acknowledge that there’s a need for better transparency surrounding GMO foods.

He said he believes the federal government needs to develop policies that promote better labelling for GMO foods.

“We need to know when we’re eating GMO food. We need our policy makers to help us know,” said Smith.

“If the science based regulatory system indicates food is safe for Canadians, I agree that they’re safe for Canadians,” [Smith] said.

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