GMO Crops Versus Population Growth: A Dangerous Balancing Act

Photo: flickr/Peter Blanchard

Photo: flickr/Peter Blanchard

Activists in Washington state have joined the movement for more transparent labeling of genetically modified food, while Californians behind Prop. 37 have promised to rekindle their efforts. Yet as Michael J. Cohen of Fast Co.Exist sees it, little will change because of the pressures of population growth make genetically modified crops a practical necessity.

Concerned over their effects, most countries in Europe and Africa have rejected GM crops. But Cohen says that “no conclusive evidence has emerged to show genetically modified plants post a greater danger than the toxic chemical and destructive farming practices we employ today (a recently trumpeted French study showing tumors in experimental rats fed GM food was shown to be seriously flawed).”

According to Cohen, in order to feed 9 billion people, the food technologies we’ve built and now rely on will just not be enough. The developing world is at a crossroads again, faced with the decision about whether to incorporate GM crops as a food source.

[via Fast Co.Exist]

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