Viewpoint: ‘Irrational anti-GMO fears and anti-science’ in the developed world ‘negatively impacts the developing world’

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One of the tools that is readily available to help alleviate shortages of food produced in many countries, is the adoption of varieties of crops that are genetically superior in many ways by creating genetic modifications that address specific challenges faced regionally. Many of these challenges relate to pest resistance, climate adaptation, and nutrient adaptations.

[T]here are over 3 million children dying each year due to hunger and starvation. Withholding technologies like genetic modification and editing, or banning them outright, has a direct and immediate impact. Using them also has a direct and immediate positive impact.

[T]oday, regardless of your opinions, nearly 800 million people are hungry. Addressing other concerns must be a priority, but withholding these technologies, or banning them outright may just be the tipping point for someone in the world. Irrational fears and anti-science in the developed world will have a direct negative impact on the developing world. Your choice will always affect someone else. Buying local, organic, non-gmo, natural, humane, free-range, no chemicals added, and many other marketing ploys in the developed world, which would increase prices or decrease production, effects the world at large.

Read full, original article: A Moral Case for Genetic Modification

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