The GMO Debate Continues

(Photo Credit: Bernard Pollack)

Check out the letter-to-the editor Dave Andrews, Senior Representative of Food and Water Watch and Nourishing the Planet Advisory Group member, wrote to the New York Times regarding genetically modified crops. His letter was a response to a recent op-ed by Pamela Ronald, a plant pathology professor at UC Davis and co-author of  Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics and the Future of Food and James E. McWilliams, a history professor at Texas State University at San Marcos and the author of Just Food. They wrote about what they see as the potential role genetically engineered foods could have in helping feed people in the developing world.

To the Editor:

The president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Cardinal Peter Turkson from Ghana, was interviewed recently in the Vatican newspaper and had this to say about genetically engineered crops:

“The discovery and introduction of ‘genetically modified crops/seeds’ as a solution to world hunger problems and famine is trailed by great anxiety and suspicion about its intentions. The growing of corn by an African peasant farmer from corn seeds that he has kept from the harvest of the previous year gives him more food security than growing a genetically modified seed, which may give a high yield, but over whose availability he has no control.”

Cardinal Turkson has it right. The African farmer prefers to grow her own corn, not some foreign corporate import that denies real food security.

Dave Andrews
Senior Representative
Food and Water Watch

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