Biotech Updates

Mark Lynas Urges African Farmers to Plant Biotech Crops

August 14, 2013

British journalist and former anti-GMO activist Mark Lynas is encouraging small-scale farmers in the East African region to plant genetically modified (GM) crops to foster the region's economic growth. According to him, biotech crops are a commercial good and will offer farmers superior harvests and high quality crops. This will thus enable smallholder farmers to compete favorably in the world market.

Lynas added that the assumption that organic agriculture can feed the increasing population is undermining to food security. The world will have another one billion people in the next 12 years, and a total of 9.5 billion by 2050 and cannot be fed from organic agriculture alone.

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