Friday, April 25, 2008

The wolutions for world hunger? Not GMO.

We all look for affirmation of our own notions of how the world works. I was rather pleased to find such an affirmation this week, though I didn't get it from the US Press, obsessed as it is with Hillary, Barack and Rob Lowe's nanny.

In a comment to an earlier post, Richard indicated that the solutions for world hunger were to be found in the technology of Genetic Engineering.
Genetically modified foods promise improved agricultural production and food value.
We know that this is what they promise, but it is not what they deliver. Case in point is the article that appeared in a UK newspaper, The Independent, about studies of Roundup Ready Soybeans from Monsanto.
The study – carried out over the past three years at the University of Kansas in the US grain belt – has found that GM soya produces about 10 per cent less food than its conventional equivalent, contradicting assertions by advocates of the technology that it increases yields.
Now the Independent got the story if not the details. Professor Barney Gordon is an agronomist at Kansas State University, not the University of Kansas. However, do not let that cast doubt on the message, because a similar finding came from a more carefully controlled study at the University of Nebraska.

Most soy grown in the United States has genetic modifications. Brazil is a major producer and there it is nearly 100%.

Tofu anyone?

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