Feeding Frenzy

The IDS of Sussex University has just released a report that addresses the world’s need for food. Yet the headlines say the the world needs GM and new technologies. What is going on?

The report was produced for the UK government’s BIS. It points out that the reasons for hunger today are complex, including political factors as much as technology. This is consistent with the FAO view that the world is producing as much food as is currently needed – but that it is not being distributed.

However the press have reported the claim that without GM, all is lost. This is not true and it is not what the reports says. So why has this happened? Is it mis-briefing by those with an interest in GM? Is it the poverty of the imagination of the media?

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