Cornell University Professor Advocates Consumption of GMOs
"You cannot at the same time uphold the scientific consensus around climate change and deny the scientific consensus around the safety of GM crops," said Cornell University Professor Sarah Davidson Evanega, director of Cornell Alliance for Science. Speaking on Food Security and Global Growth: The Big Picture on March 4 as part of the President's Council of Cornell Women (PCCW) Symposium 2017, Evanega emphasized that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) could play an important role in fighting global food insecurity.
Evanega encouraged people to reexamine their views of GMOs, and to evaluate each GMO on a case by case basis, assessing risks and benefits to consumers and the environment. "I cannot at the same time call myself an environmentalist and stand in the way of technology that reduces pesticide use such as Bt crops," she said.
Through the Cornell Alliance for Science, Evanega works to help people understand how agricultural biotechnology can help enhance food security while minimizing the negative impact of agriculture on the environment.
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)