Many anti-GMO advocates cite their opposition to the technology because they see agribusiness focused mainly on making a profit However, “the application of current biotechnological tools to agriculture offers a wide array of benefits, benefits that are only beginning to be seen,” according to the editorial board at the Washington Post.
In a recent editorial, titled “Genetically Modified Crops Could Help Improve the Lives of Millions”, the editors of the Washington Post argued how consumers should focus more on “the vast global challenges that genetically modified crops can help address.”
“Genetically modified crops have increased the productivity and improved the lives of farmers – and the people who depend on them – all over the world. Now, they are banned in two counties in Oregon…
“They are not the only ones going in the wrong direction. Several places in California, Hawaii, Maine and Washington State also have bans in place, though the Oregon counties are the first in which GMOs had been actively cultivated…
“There is the potential to create crops that are easier to grow, better for the environment and more nutrient-rich. Smart genetic modification is one important tool available to sustain the world’s growing multitudes. Making good on that promise will require both an openness to the technology and serious investment in GMOs within wealthy countries.”
The article continues on by reminding voters to focus on sound science rather than emotion and misinformation serving as the platform of the anti-GMO fundamentalism.
Leaving us with great food for thought, the Washington Post article could not have put it better:
“The prospect of helping to feed the starving and improve the lives of people across the planet should not be nipped because of the self-indulgent fretting of first-world activists.
“As with any field, there’s room for reasonable caution and study using real science. But there is nothing reasonable about anti-GMO fundamentalism. Voters and their representatives should worry less about ‘Frankenfood‘ and more about the vast global challenges that genetically modified crops can help address.”