Whilst enjoying the sunshine yesterday and scouring the papers I came upon this interesting story in The Sunday Times Magazine (27/06/2010) â€“ titled â€śIâ€™ll have the purple tomato, Dr. Frankensteinâ€ť â€“ read the full article http://bit.ly/byuJN8 .
The question posed quite simply stated â€śWithout genetically modified foods, can the world feed itself?â€ťÂ The Environmental Journalist of the Year, Richard Girling, argued â€śthat GM crops are good for people and good for the planetâ€ť.
Iâ€™m not a scientist but am passionate about our ability as not only a nation but also a global community to feed ourselves now and in the coming years.Â I really believe that we have to find ways of not just producing more, but producing more in a more environmentally sustainable way â€“ in my simple view yields and production have to go up, significantly, in the coming years.
A startling fact that Iâ€™ve heard and read about this year is that by mid-century we (you, me, and everyone) will be part of a projected 9 billion global population!Â We as the Earth will need 50% more food, and already 1 billion people go hungry every day.Â As Richard Girling argues â€ś…and it will have to grow in an increasingly difficult, drought-prone environmentâ€ť.
How are we to achieve this unless there is a coming together of the different systems of food production in a sustainable way?Â I find it interesting that the three main production bodies for food, namely Conventional, Organic and GM â€“ sit at opposite ends of the production Triangle.
Has the time not come for all three to champion and support the principles of feeding the world in a way that ensures that no-one person goes hungry?Â But most importantly, it is achieved in a way that is environmentally beneficial to the land and the environment?Â Could these three incredibly important bodies, together, provide the solution?
What are your thoughts to this interesting debate, how do you view the need to feed the World in a different way?Â I would really welcome your thoughts, comments and views please feel free to leave them here.
This entry was posted on Monday, June 28th, 2010 at 3:35 pm