07 Feb '12, 4pm

#Biotech crops are winning over farmers | new blogpost #food

#Biotech crops are winning over farmers | new blogpost #food

Bill Gates with farmers in India The debate over biotech crops has become predictable. In his 2012 annual letter from the Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, who has a near-religious faith in technology and innovation, argues that an “extremely important revolution” in plant science, i.e., genetically-engineered crops, can help farmers in poor countries by giving them access to new varieties of crops that will better resist disease and adapt to climate change. Days later, the Center for Food Safety, a Washington watchdog group and persistent critic of Big Ag, pushed back, saying that biotech crops had failed to deliver on their promise to alleviate hunger, and that Gates would do better to support low-cost “agroecological techniques” that don’t depend on patented, genetically-engineered seeds. The conflicting claims and supporting data are hard to sift through. Will disease-resi...

Full article: http://www.marcgunther.com/2012/02/07/biotech-crops-are-w...

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