Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Agroecology research needs proper funding (#journal)

Feeding the world: genetically modified crops versus agricultural biodiversity 

The growing demand for food poses major challenges to humankind. We must produce more food with less input, while deploying every effort to minimize risk. However, the claim that genetically modified crops are necessary if we are to secure food production has no scientific support, but is a reflection of corporate interests. An objective review of current knowledge places GM crops far down the list of potential solutions in the coming decades. Much of the research funding currently available for the development of GM crops would be much better spent in other research areas of plant science, e.g., nutrition, policy research, governance, and solutions close to local market conditions.

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