A Good Deal For The Environment And The Poor

A Good Deal For The Environment And The Poor

A Good Deal For The Environment And The Poor

FORBES

/ September 14, 2016 /

In late July, President Obama signed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act into law. As one option for disclosure, the bipartisan legislation permits foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to be given smart labels—QR-codes that lead to manufacturer websites where consumers can obtain information on food contents. Opponents of the law argue it denies consumers the right to know what’s in the food they consume because the law does not require front of package labeling of GMO contents. This claim is as misleading as the GMO labels these activists have advocated for. Rather, the new law represents the best of bipartisan public policy.

Even with relatively few GMOs on the market, introduction of GMOs has greatly benefitted the environment and the poor and holds the promise to do much more. Close to a billion people are malnourished, and almost 50 million in the United States are food insecure. By increasing corn yields, GMOs have tempered the price spikes that have plagued grain markets causing food riots worldwide. GMOs also hold one of the keys to reducing the environmental impacts of agriculture. Since the introduction of GMOs, use of chemical herbicides has declined by 37 percent, and soil erosion has declined substantially largely due to the greener agricultural practices GMOs allow. As the world population continues to climb, in order to meet the increased need for affordable food without negatively impacting the environment, it is imperative that we continue our remarkable technological progress in agriculture. The tremendous technological progress in agriculture has enabled us to feed the world’s population as it grew seven fold over the past 165 years. GMOs are likely to play a leading role in helping us produce more food with lower negative environmental impacts.

Visit: http://www.forbes.com/sites/gmoanswers/2016/09/14/gmos-benefit-environment-poor/#1e4496855c50 to read the full article.

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