Vandana Shiva may have found a home amongst anti-GMO and anti-globalization protesters like Occupy Honolulu, but sadly, her Hawai‘i speaking tour glosses over the real problem of poverty and hunger throughout the world - especially famine and malnutrition in her own country of India.
Today, India produces 204 million tons of grain a year.
To produce that quantity using the 1960s techniques (non-GMO) advocated by Shiva would require three times as much land under cultivation.
If India had stuck to traditional methods instead of embracing biotechnology, it would be seeing millions of deaths every year - and it would have plowed under all the wild land.
GMO isn’t killing people in India. Starvation is.
Myth: GM crops increase the use of chemicals.
The Truth: Pest-resistant cotton and maize need less insecticide.
• Myth: GM benefits only the big companies.
The Truth: Billions of dollars of benefits are accruing to farmers because they need fewer inputs.
• Myth: Terminator Technology is robbing farmers of the right to save seed.
The Truth: Hybrids did that long ago and Terminator never happened.
• Myth: No one wants GM.
The Truth: Bt cotton was pirated into India and roundup ready soy into Brazil because farmers were so eager to use them. Today more than 15 million farmers - 90 percent in developing countries - are growing GM crops.
• Myth: GM is dangerous.
The Truth: GM is safer and more precise than conventional breeding. GM just moves a couple of genes whereas conventional breeding mucks about with the entire genome in a trial and error way.
In his book, “The God Species,” Lynas junked all the environmentalist orthodoxy and tried to look at the bigger picture on a planetary scale: “We are going to have to feed 9.5 billion hopefully much less poor people by 2050 on about the same land area as we use today, using limited fertilizer, water and pesticides and in the context of a rapidly-changing climate.”
As he found, scientific consensus was rock-solid about the safety of GMO foods, backed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Medical Association, the British Royal Society, health institutes and national science academies around the world.
But as he knows only too well about Shiva and her anti-GMO activists, “This inconvenient truth is ignored because it conflicts with their ideology.”
jrzk1, I don't know if you care, but you are repeating a highly misleading claim.
The original claim, which some people have distorted into the form you used, was that Monsanto won't serve GMO food in its company cafeteria. Actually, Monsanto has offices all over the world, but most people would think that "company cafeteria" means the St. Louis facility. That cafeteria serves GMO food. All but one of the hundreds of other Monsanto offices around the world, where there are cafeterias, serve GMO food.
The only exception is a tiny office in the UK, where a nearby cafeteria not run by the company but used by Monsanto employees, and by others as well, had a sign on its wall saying that they try to avoid GMO ingredients.
So here's where your claim stands. Executives work in St. Louis where they eat GMO food. Almost all of the employees in hundreds of locations worldwide eat GMO food. There's only that one exception. Are you still comfortable with putting your name (or whatever jrzk1 means) on the statement?