What is in this article?:
t’s not hard to get confused when you hear about genetic modification of foods. This information can help guide you.
What about the “Feed the World” GMO Argument?
GMO advocates use rising global population to justify the technology.
Consider this from Monsanto’s website:
To meet the demand of population growth and dietary shifts, farmers must produce more food in the next few decades than they have in the past 10,000 years combined. How will yield double? A combination of advanced plant breeding, biotechnology and improved farm-management practices.
The justification that we need GMO technology to feed the world is inaccurate though. At this moment there is enough food to feed everyone on the planet, but inequitable distribution of wealth and political disputes prevent equal access to the food.
Additionally, anti-GMO advocates believe the risks involved with biotechnology greatly outweigh any alleged benefits—benefits that are very short term, considering the pesticide-resistant weed crisis we are already experiencing. Furthermore, they argue, the methods for high-yield, nutrient-dense farming already exist.
“The real underlying issue is that we don’t even need this technology,” Dr. Arden Andersen, agriculture and soil consultant, concludes. “We already have the wherewithal, the science, the technology and the products to solve every problem that has been proposed to need genetic engineering technology. So when you think about it, if we already have the technology to solve all of those problems, why do certain people want to pursue genetic engineering? It is certainly not from a need perspective; it’s not from a science perspective—it’s strictly for want of monopolization and greed. That’s it.”
Listed below are some of the alternatives to GMOs:
- Remineralization of soil and the use of biological farming methods in order to produce nutrient-dense and pest-resistant crops organically (www.bionutrient.org).
- Natural breeding with the thousands of variations of plants that already exist to grow strong, adaptive plants.
- Organic farming practices that use crop rotation. A 2008 United Nations report found that when these methods were used in 114 farms in 24 African nations, yields increased by more then 100 percent.
- No-till farming methods that protect the soil from erosion and result in more nutrient-dense soil.