How genetic modification can feed the world

Further to my post about GMO and the ridiculous hippie opposition to such advances, I was emailed a link to a story in The Globe and Mail about how GMOs are enabling African nations to not only feed their own, but also others as a result.
Interestingly the story was tweeted by Bono Vox’s ONE charity.

If the Greens were truly environmentalist (and in fact anti-poverty) rather than purely anti-science they would be all over GM.

Same story as with fracking unfortunately.

“When GM crops were first commercially released in 1996, critics argued that they would only benefit industrialized countries. In 2012 emerging economies overtook industrialized countries as the main adopters of GM crops.  

According to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications, from 1996 to 2011 transgenic crops added $98.2-billion to the value of global agricultural output, over 50 per cent of which accrued to emerging economies.

The use of transgenic crops has resuced the use of active pesticide ingredients by nearly 473 million kg. It also reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 23.1 billion kilograms, the equivalent of taking 10.2 million cars off the road.

Without transgenic crops, the world would have needed another 108.7 million hectares of land for the same level of output. The benefits to biological diversity from this technology have therefore been invaluable. On the economic front, nearly 15 million farmers and their families, estimated at 50 million people, have benefited from the adoption of transgenic crops.”


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  • Col

    Those figures are unreal, very hard to believe, but just shows us what man can do.
    It is sad that the Greens think it is not in the best interest of man to GM crops, when we now see the great results they have obtained, carbon saving that’s amazing, if your into that?
    I look forward to a response from a Green on this?

  • tarkwin

    I still hate hippies.

  • rockape

    Just remember in all dealings with the Greens, they want to save the World, they dont give a toss for people.

  • Polish Pride

    If you want GMO no problem just label it as such so that those that don’t want to eat it can avoid doing so.

  • Polish Pride

    If you want GMO no problem just label it as such so that those that don’t want to eat it can avoid doing so.

  • redeye

    I have only one real issue with gm technology and that is the cross-pollination issue. GM farmers and companies should bear the responsibility for preventing gene flow into neighbouring conventional farms and as yet I don’t think they can.

  • Lion_ess

    A one-side argument which talks about production increase and output, yet omits to make any connection between gm crops, processed foods, increasing rates of diabetes, stomach and bowel cancers and obesity in Western societies.

    • Ronnie Chow

      Not to mention soaking your food with Roundup .

      • Lion_ess

        I eliminated wheat/corn/flour/rice/pasta/processed foods from my diet in 2007 with positive results that have prevailed since then. I no longer suffer from stomach bloatedness, constipation or a general mental dullness which bordered on feeling a bit lack-lustre. I have maintained a consistent weight since then, where previously my weight see-sawed significantly. Additionally I no longer suffer from food cravings – these were frequent in the past and always predisposed towards empty carbohydrates such as bread products, savouries and other claggy foods.