U.S. President Barack Obama, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and the Vaticanís Pontifical Academy of Sciences all agree: genetically modified crops are essential to help the world’s poor and ensure food security in the face of climate change. These respected sources are convinced agricultural biotechnology presents no risks that are not outweighed by benefits and that without it the world will not be able to feed its growing population.
The biotech approach to agriculture places emphasis on monocropping and requires expensive inputs of fuel, chemicals, technology and patented seeds. It relies on foreign intervention in developing countries and sees agriculture in terms of individual products rather than as an interconnected web of life.
So the biotech industry and its apologists will likely take issue with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report calling for a very different agricultural vision.
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