Council for Responsible Genetics
Volume 22 Issue 1
Genetically Modified Foods
WHY GM CROPS WILL NOT FEED THE WORLD
By Bill Freese
Last spring marked a tipping point for rising global food prices. Haiti's prime minister was ousted amid rice riots; Mexican tortillas have quadrupled in price. African countries were hit especially hard. According to the World Bank, global food prices have risen a shocking 83% from 2005 to 2008. And for the world's poor, high prices mean hunger. In fact, the food crisis recently prompted University of Minnesota food experts to double their projection of the number of the world's hungry by the year 2025 - from 625 million to 1.2 billion.
Many in the biotechnology industry seem to believe there's a simple solution to the global food crisis: genetically modified (GM or biotech) crops.4 Biotech multinationals have been in media blitz mode ever since the food crisis first made headlines, touting miracle crops that will purportedly increase yields, tolerate drought, and cure all manner of ills.
Not everyone is convinced.