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Crop Biotech Update

ACSH Releases New Publication on GM Food

April 2, 2014

California, the largest agricultural producer in the U.S., is now on its third year of experiencing severe water shortage due to drought. This has led to parched fields, wither crops, and thus reduced farm production. Decreasing crop yields would also mean rising food prices across the U.S.

To address this issue, the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) released the publication titled What's the Story? Genetically Modified Food, which explains why agricultural biotechnology could enhance farm productivity even under the given environmental pressures. According to ACSH president Dr. Elizabeth Whelan, agricultural biotechnology offers the potential of feeding a hungry world. Thus, the technology should be welcomed, and not feared. The highlights of the publication include:

  • Some GM crops grow well despite drought conditions.
  • GM agriculture can produce more food on the same farmland.
  • Food demand is ever increasing, as U.S. and world populations rise.
  • Biotechnology is safe, and has been since its inception in 1993.

The organization stressed that anti-biotech groups have no case to make against GM food because it has been proven to be safe to grow and eat.

Read and watch the media release at http://acsh.org/2014/03/agricultural-biotechnology/. Read the new publication at http://www.scribd.com/doc/213709953/What-s-The-Story-Genetically-Modified-Food.