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G8 Gets Behind Biofortified Crops


World  (tags: hunger, G8, biofortification, farming, world, no gmo )

Nancy
- 813 days ago - harvestplus.org
With 2 billion people worldwide suffering from a lack of essential nutrients, the G8's commitment to biofortified crops is a major step in accelerating efforts to reach those in need.



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Nancy C. (795)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 1:00 pm
See also Fighting Hunger With Ancient Genetic Engineering Techniques - GMO's Say Bad Idea from Kit.
 

Vicky P. (463)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 4:32 pm
not good..I wonder how much they paid them
 

Nancy C. (795)
Sunday June 3, 2012, 8:38 pm
Actualy, the biofortified crops are from the good guys! Monsanto's gmo seeds are the evil, possibly toxic disaster that Europe won't allow. Harvest Plus directed by Howarth Bouis has been given funds by World Bank and the Gates Foundation to help battle worldwide malnutrition.
 

Nancy Black (302)
Monday June 4, 2012, 11:06 am
Anything that can solve hunger is good. Noted and tweeted.
 

Rich Blue (72)
Monday June 4, 2012, 11:25 am
ha ha sorry i would NEVER trust anything that is backed by the World bank and Bill Gates!! Both confirmed Eugenicists! No wonder they keep funding and promoting these GMO's . Monsanto isn't the Only Evil Bio tech company out there, ...and they are already experimenting on masses randomly since 2006! Also watch out for BigPharma and "health-care".

if they are so concerned why dont they just remove- chemical pestiCIDES, GMO'sFluoride and 10000000000+ toxic chemical substances, "contaminants" "experiments"
from our food , water, medicine! so forth and so on that they openly/ sometimes clandestinely aid/fund and endorse...No one will be so malnourished if we had access to REAL food and water. And why are they banning natural vitamins/supplements?- Why are they Criminalizing Natural Health, Vitamins, and Herbs ( investigate Nutricide-WHO,WTO, UN, NATO, FDA, World Bank, Bill gates et cetra managed, promoted, funded and "to be enforced globally: agenda~> Codex Alimentarius can anyone answer me??
 

Past Member (0)
Monday June 4, 2012, 2:12 pm
there is lots of food but because this is a business we are told that supply is less then the demand.
in fact we divert much of the grain and corn crops to feed livestock that produces 1 lb of flesh for many pounds of grain.
corn is taken to make inefficient bio fuel and high fructose for junk food and processed food to make the crap and toxins go down a little faster.. our water is polluted and we are told we have to purchase and our air is toxic and we are told there are drugs to make us breath a little easier. developing lands have had the prime soil that fed the populations taken redeveloped to do the bidding of the elite and the masses starve we in the west are told its nature, there is nothing we can do.
I say there is, give back the land stop polluting the water and the air. let us embrace life and stop those that seek to destroy our shared home and our fellow beings
withdraw your consent
Life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love
 

Marlene Dinkins (231)
Monday June 4, 2012, 2:13 pm
noted thnx
 

Eternal Gardener (734)
Monday June 4, 2012, 5:30 pm
From Wikipedia:

Biofortification is a method of breeding crops to increase their nutritional value. This can be done either through conventional selective breeding, or through genetic engineering. Biofortification differs from ordinary fortification because it focuses on making plant foods more nutritious as the plants are growing, rather than having nutrients added to the foods when they are being processed.[1] This is an improvement on ordinary fortification when it comes to providing nutrients for the rural poor, who rarely have access to commercially fortified foods.[2] As such, biofortification is seen as an upcoming strategy for dealing with deficiencies of micronutrients in the developing world.

1- conventional selective breeding :)
2- genetic engineering :(

It specifies nowhere which method they are going to use... but hey I'm a diehard misanthrope when it comes to politics and corporations.
 

Nancy C. (795)
Monday June 11, 2012, 7:26 am
4. Does Biofortification Require Genetic Engineering?
No. In fact most of the work being done by HarvestPlus to biofortify staple food crops relies on traditional plant breeding techniques to increase the nutritional quality of staple foods. Seed and germplasm banks throughout the world are evaluated for varieties of staple food crops that have naturally occurring higher levels of micronutrients in their seeds. These varieties are then crossed with modern high yielding varieties in an attempt to breed new naturally biofortified varieties that perform well in the field, produce high yields, and that are also more nutritious. However, those essential nutrients that cannot be bred into key food staples through conventional plant breeding methods may require transgenic breeding approaches to provide enough nutrients to significantly improve human nutrition.
 
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