Published on Saturday, 13 August 2011 18:02
Written by Tore B. Krudtaa
The news media is full of allegations which claims that the world need GM crops in order to produce enough food for a growing population, and that the conventional farmers should start using GM crops in order to produce more food per hectare, producing food with more nutrients and using less insecticides and herbicides. Are these allegations really true, or is it just empty words produced by the GMO industry and their followers?
Below are some insightful quotes from people and organizations without a tight connection with the GMO industry. Time to get all those myths about GM crops put where they belong.
Hans Herren, Director General, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Kenya, winner of the World Food Prize 1995
Christian Aid report, “Biotechnology and GMOs”
José A. Lutzenberger, former Minister of the Environment for Brazil
Farida Akhtar, UBINIG (Policy Research for Development Alternatives), Bangladesh
Christian Aid report, “Selling Suicide: farming, false promises and genetic engineering in developing countries”
Delegates from 20 African countries to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN conference on Plant Genetic Resources, 1998
Jean Ziegler, UN human rights envoy and special investigator on the right to food, “U.N. food envoy questions safety of gene crops”, Reuters, 15 Oct 2002
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