The Wilmington News Journal’s recent article, “GMOs: 10 Simple Questions (and Some Surprising Answers)” garnered a lot of attention on both sides of the debate around biotech foods. Among the responses, a thoughtful piece authored by Pioneer Hi-Bred president Paul Schickler was published in the paper’s Sunday edition:
Biotech crops are perhaps the most stringently regulated aspect of agriculture – held to the highest level of analysis and scrutiny. They are regulated by three federal agencies – the USDA, the FDA and the EPA. The National Academies of Science, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the American Dietetic Association and the American Medical Association all agree that biotech foods are as safe as foods grown with conventionally bred seeds.
“As I have met with farmers and others around the world working to improve access to food, it is readily apparent that the tools farmers need to feed the 7 billion people on our planet today goes well beyond seed. They need information on best practices. They need credit and crop insurance. They need adequate roads and access to viable markets. They need holistic, sustainable local solutions.
“Enabling farmers to meet the challenge of feeding the 9 billion people expected by 2050 will require all of us – scientists, farmers, philanthropists, businesses, governments and NGOs – to work together to find local solutions to the global issues we face.
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