Nobel laureates dismiss GM food fears

Overblown fears about genetically modified foods are limiting scientific progress:

Winners of this year’s Nobel prize for chemistry say overblown fears about genetically modified foods risk preventing society benefiting from the technology.

Prof Frances Arnold, from the US, and Sir Gregory Winter, from Britain, made the comments on Friday ahead of Monday’s presentation of the prize.

“We’ve been modifying the biological world at the level of DNA for thousands of years,” Arnold said at a news conference, citing examples such as new dog breeds.

“Somehow there is this new fear of what we already have been doing and that fear has limited our ability to provide real solutions.”

Arnold argued that genetically modified crops could make food production more environmentally sustainable and help feed the world’s growing population. Genetic modifications can make crops drought and disease resistant. . .

Farmers in Denver and Nebraska have been growing GM corn for years with no adverse affects.

They told us that they need less fuel, fungicide and pesticide than they used to with conventional crops.

Growing GM crops reduces costs and has a lower impact on the environment.

Why is it the people who back the science on climate change are often the ones to deride it when it comes to GM even though it is green technology?

I wonder if they realise that in spite of claims we’re GM free in New Zealand, most products with corn or soy on our supermarket shelves will come from GM seed?

One Response to Nobel laureates dismiss GM food fears

  1. Alas had the world been enduring the protesterati for many more decades, then penicillin would never have left Flemings Lab, nuclear energy would have been the preserve of the fascists and the totalitarians, Thatcher and Reagan non starters.

    Then again mass protest by ill informed motivated troops sustained many political movements that were not always bad but in current times such protest based on half truths and or ignorance can easily derail sensible policy based progress.

    The mindless condemnation of everything Trump is a case in point.
    The man is far from perfect but from a position of real world understanding, he made Hillary a spectacular loser with his manipulation of his very own silent majority, albeit with a clever use and understanding of the electoral college.

    That is why the serious disdain for the manipulative efforts around the Immigration compact will slip past the thinking citizen here in gods own over the christmas break. Any chance of a French style yellow jerkin protest is below the margin of error.

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