Television chefs and other public figures have been blamed for preventing science from feeding the poor by campaigning against genetically modified foods.
The environmentalist Mark Lynas said GM crops could help provide more food at a lower price by reducing the need for pesticides and fertilisers.
He said the poorest people of the world could benefit from crops with added nutritional benefits or designed to resist droughts and floods, but such crops were not being developed because people in positions of power said GM was dangerous.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, the chef, the gardener Monty Don and the Prince of Wales have all spoken against GM.
“My message to the anti-GM lobby, from the ranks of the British aristocrats and celebrity chefs to the US foodies to the peasant groups of India is this: you are entitled to your views, but you must know by now that they are not supported by science,” said Mr Lynas. “We are coming to a crunch point, and for the sake of both people and the planet, now is the time for you to get out of the way and let the rest of us get on with feeding the world sustainably.”
This is still a controversial topic with health and environmental concerns. Science won’t help convince people who have reasons other than the science. And they can’t seem to accept that even though we can CHOOSE certain types of food, others can’t. They die.
GM foods have been eaten for decades. Selection of plants and breeding is a form of GM itself but we now have a faster means to do it.
The bottom line is that there is no good reason to be listening to celebrities and non-scientists over this issue but to consider the science and discuss with those who actually decide the policy.