Can Genetically Engineered Crops Help Feed the World?
The company that developed it, an Indian subsidiary of Monsanto, claims the crop can reduce pesticide use and boost yields. But the Indian government has decided not to approve the crop until an independent assessment is conducted to examine possible impacts on human health and the environment.
What does this mean for the future of GM crops in India and elsewhere? And does this technology have a role to play in feeding the world’s hungry? Join our discussion with Dr. Lisa Weasel. She’s a professor of biology at Portland State University and the author of Food Fray: Inside the Controversy over Genetically Modified Food. She writes that GM crops are more of “a condiment than a main course” in addressing global food security.
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Listen to our interview with Dr. Weasel here.
The World’s science reporter Rhitu Chatterjee also spoke with Indian scientist Pushpa Bhargava, a member of an independent scientific committee that evaluated the data on the new eggplant. Listen to that interview on this week’s The World Science Podcast.
Our listeners brought their thoughts and questions to Lisa Weasel.
- Human beings have been altering plants ever since the beginning of agriculture. Why is genetic engineering any different from the older, more traditional ways of tinkering with crop varieties?
- Is there any scientific evidence of harm to human health from eating GM food?
- Why are small farmers in developing countries especially concerned about GM crops?