Genetically Modified Crops In The News

What do you do with the recent claims by Purdue University, professor emeritus, Don Huber?

According to an article in the Washington Post, “Huber, 76, wrote (a) letter to (Agriculture Secretary) Vilsack in January, warning of a new organism he claims has been found in corn and soybeans modified to resist the weed killer Roundup. Huber wrote that the organism could lead to a ‘general collapse of our critical agriculture infrastructure’ and further approval of Roundup Ready crops ‘could be a calamity.’”

But, according to the Washington Post, other scientists claim they have no way to verify Professor Huber’s claims because he won’t provide evidence to back them up.

The impressive gains in agricultural productivity have likely gone unnoticed by the general public. But according to the US Department of Commerce, from 1940 to 2000 agricultural productivity has increased 2% a year.  These gains are critically important because as the global population continues to grow, food production must double by 2050!

Science and technology have served agriculture (and consumers) well. Making good scientific decisions regarding our food supply will be critical if we are going to meet the growing demands.

Here is a link to the article in the Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/researchers-warning-about-genetically-modified-crops-spreads-but-scientists-question-claims/2011/04/01/AFiLCpEC_print.html

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