Obama Talks about Benefits of Agri-biotech

"The truth is humanity has always engaged in genetic modifications…The rice we eat or the corn we eat or the wheat we eat does not look like what corn or rice or wheat looked like 1,000 years ago," said former US president, Barack Obama during a speech at the Seeds and Chips Global Food Innovation Summit in Milan, Italy on May 9, 2017. During his speech, he discussed his views on genetic modification and gene editing of food.

"This debate around genetically modified foods is, I know, a very controversial one," said Obama. "The approach that I took when I was President of the United States is in the same way that I would let the science determine my policies around climate change. I try to let the science determine my attitudes about food production and new technologies." He also said that small and medium-sized farmers would be happy to adopt technologies that will help them do things better without much additional expense. He also discussed the impact of agriculture on the environment.

Watch the video of his speech in the website of Genetic Literacy Project.


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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