Is genetically modified food the best solution to world hunger?

  • This is absurd to say no.

    Yes, genetic modification has implications. Wrong tinkering with blue prints can cause problems. As history has shown in many human interferences with conforming nature to fit our needs.

    However, it is a trial and error process and scientist are not going to start making products that are flawed to be widely available to everyone. It's the equivalent of saying, gene therapy for cancer is dangerous as you it may go wrong. Yes, it may go wrong and we will learn from it. It's either that or we can just let cancer keep killing people. We can just accept that as a fact of life or do something about it.

    Will there be losses yes but it outweighs the positive outcome. We are already consuming genetically modified food. We have been for very long, crops made to be more resistant to drought to mention one.

    How is GM food destroying diversity? Yes farmers know how to grow foods but they cannot control how well will the crop survive under extreme conditions, GM can. Farmers can monitor and must have green hands to understand what it takes to grow crops. You can't replace that with science, however you can give additional aid. Giving them crops that won't die off so easily, so their work load is easier. The worst for a farmer is to go through all that effort and to see his crops die from natural causes.

    Saying GM food is bad because it has implications. Honestly, you might as well avoid modern medication because every modern medication, pharmaceuticals has a risk. Those white mini booklets that come along will mention that. Are you going to avoid them?

    For the problem of poor distribution of food. That has to do with global economic system is designed and the lack of input to change it to fit better. That's a political problem. Einstein certainly did not mean for his work on atoms to be used for war. In fact Einstein was against war.

    So blame the system not those who want to genuinely help.

  • The potential is amazing

    The potential for GM foods is amazing, not only can we increase the size of the crop. We can make it resistant agaisnt many types of diseases and make it able to grow in new areas of Earth without it becoming an invasive species.

    Of course, it also has the potential to be abused by Corporations such as Monsanto.

    GM crops will come in the future, no stopping them. Organic foods will not sustain humanity itself, GM foods will.

  • It does not address the real problem

    GMOs do not address the problem, as it can increase the yields of all the crops in the world creating even a surplus of food, but it would not change the world hunger problem if the people who need the food cannot afford it.
    If you view GMOs as the solution to world hunger because it helps create more food. Then you probably would think that building more houses would solve homelessness.

  • Take a moment to imagine all the grains which cows are fed before they're slaughtered. 56 billion cows.

    People aren't starving because food is in short supply, people are starving because they don't have the means or resources to mass produce it and the folks who do aren't willing to give their products away for free. I doubt even in a world with gigantic fruits and vegetables hunger would be solved, because those people would still be dirt poor and have nothing to buy them with. Things would be very much the same they already are. We eat all the slaughtered animals which are fed grains, and we eat all the genetically modified gigantic vegetables.

  • It is neither safe, environmentally friendly nor economical.

    I strongly object that the image of the poor and hungry from our countries is being used by giant multinational corporations to push a technology that is neither safe, environmentally friendly nor economically beneficial to us. I do not believe that such companies or gene technologies will help our farmers to produce the food that is needed in the 21st century. On the contrary, I think it will destroy the diversity, the local knowledge and the sustainable agricultural systems that farmers have developed for millenniums, and that it will thus undermine our capacity to feed ourselves.

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