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Nobel Laureate: GM Crops Vital to Address Malnutrion

December 16, 2015

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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