4000 scientists say GM Crops no silver bullet for hunger
GM Freeze, Immediate Release 15 April 2008
GM Freeze Call for Government, Industry and Scientists to Respond To IAASTD Report Challenges: GM Crops not the silver bullet to feed the world
GM Freeze welcomes the findings of the International Assessment on Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) and calls upon Government, industry and scientists to respond by changing their approach to research and development in the global South.
The IAASTD report clearly states that the current generation of GM crops do not provide a way to tackle hunger.
In also the report emphasises the need to broaden research to include all the key functions of agriculture. These include the enhancement and protection of soil, water and biodiversity, as well as the need to use the knowledge of the millions of small farmers in the South, many of whom are women. The report also highlights the need for research to tackle agriculture’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and the role farming plays in mitigating some of the impacts of climate change.
The failure of current trade policies to help the world’s poorest people is a major part of the final report, which was produced by over 4000 scientists, including social scientists, from around the world.