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Genetic Modification: Is Demonizing Monsanto Blocking Real Progress? - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

Germans are celebrating the fact that the government has banned genetically modified corn. But the country's almost blanket opposition to genetic modification ignores the fact that it might just help scientists find a solution for feeding a swelling global population.

 Will opposing genetically modified plants ultimately lead to more people starving? All's well again in the world of Bavaria's conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) party, an outspoken opponent of genetic engineering and genetically modified (GM) plants. German Agriculture Minister and CSU member Ilse Aigner has slapped a ban on MON 810, a type of GM corn seed produced and marketed by the American agricultural corporation Monsanto, and opponents of the technology are celebrating the victory. Germany's governing Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the CSU's sister party, opposed the ban at first but eventually supported it. Now the CDU hopes that its support will lead more Bavarians to return the favor by voting for the CSU in the upcoming German and EU parliamentary elections.

The inhabitants of rural Bavarian towns, whose fields have become battlegrounds for people for and against genetic engineering, can now breathe a sigh of relief. But the real problems are just beginning -- only in other places.

by Fran on Wed Apr 22nd, 2009 at 02:06:41 PM EST
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find a solution for feeding a swelling global population

Blah blah blah, falling for the propaganda or issuing it on own motivation?... The problem of feeding the global population is one of distribution, not total production; and GMO doesn't benefit subsistence farmers in hungering countries, it benefits agrobusiness for export (and, of course, holders of genetic copyright).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Apr 23rd, 2009 at 04:48:28 AM EST
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Indeed.

And didn't someone recently link to a study showing that GM crops are not really more productive in practice?

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Thu Apr 23rd, 2009 at 05:43:09 AM EST
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Yes, we did:
Union of Concerned Scientists: Failure to Yield: Evaluating the Performance of Genetically Engineered Crops (2009)


Most economists teach a theoretical framework that has been shown to be fundamentally useless. -- James K. Galbraith
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Apr 23rd, 2009 at 05:45:40 AM EST
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