Nobel Laureate: GM Crops Vital to Address Malnutrion

Nobel Laureate and molecular biologist, Richard John Roberts said that GM foods are probably safer than traditional food. He said this during his talk at the centenary lecture series of the University of Mysore in India. He also stressed the potential of some GM crops to address malnutrition.

"We could do wonders to our food supply with GMOs," Sir Roberts said, and added that campaign against genetically engineered food "makes no sense". "If you don't want to eat GMOs, then don't. But, don't pretend they are dangerous. They are not. They are probably safer than traditional foods," he said.

He also expressed his disappointment about the delay in the production of Golden Rice, which could help address vitamin A deficiencies in developing countries.

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This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)

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