7. Feeding the world

Section at a glance

  • GM crops are promoted as necessary to feed the world’s growing population. But it seems unlikely that they could make a significant contribution as they do not deliver higher yields or produce more with less inputs than non-GM crops.
  • Most GM crops are engineered to tolerate herbicides or to express a pesticide – properties that are irrelevant to solving hunger.
  • Hunger is not caused by a lack of food in the world. It is a problem of distribution and poverty, which GM cannot solve.
  • The IAASTD report, authored by over 400 international experts, concluded that the key to food security lay in agroecological farming methods. The report did not endorse GM, noting that yields were “variable” and that better solutions were available.
  • Agroecological farming has resulted in significant yield and income benefits to farmers in the Global South, while preserving soil for future generations.
  • GM is not needed to feed the world. Conventional plant breeding has already delivered crops that are high-yielding, disease- and pest-resistant, tolerant of drought and other climatic extremes, and nutritionally enhanced – at a fraction of the cost of GM.

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