Environmentalists demand that Africa starves

Cost in human life

Here's one you may not have seen.

The fight to end hunger is being hurt by environmentalists who insist that genetically modified crops cannot be used in Africa, Bill Gates, the billionaire founder of software giant Microsoft (MSFT.O), said on Thursday.

Gates said GMO crops, fertilizer and chemicals are important tools -- although not the only tools -- to help small farms in Africa boost production.

"This global effort to help small farmers is endangered by an ideological wedge that threatens to split the movement in two," Gates said in his first address on agriculture made during the annual World Food Prize forum.

"Some people insist on an ideal vision of the environment," Gates said. "They have tried to restrict the spread of biotechnology into sub-Saharan Africa without regard to how much hunger and poverty might be reduced by it."

Presumptuous, don't you think? Demanding that people starve to maintain an ideal?

But it misses the point too. There is not a major food crop or livestock species that isn't genetically modified. And that is something that has been going on thousands of years before there was a Luther Burbank or a Monsanto corporation.

It's called domestication. At least when humans experiment and it benefits humanity.

I've more news for you.

Genetic modification would happen without human intervention. It's called adaptation. It's sort of what the DNA and RNA are designed to do.

— NeoWayland

Posted: Mon - October 26, 2009 at 12:00 PM  Tag

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