This appeared in the June issue of Fortune Magazine
“Why the March on Genetically Modified Food Hurts the Hungry”
You can find the article online at:
(Edit: It was just pointed out in a comment that you can't read the whole article online without a Fortune subscription. Seems rather short-sighted on their part if they want to make a point to a larger audience. I'll try to add a few of their main points at the end)
You can also find rebuttals online such as
“Why Nina Easton is Wrong about Genetically Modified Crops”
I’ve been interested in this topic since I first learned of the initiatives to label GMO foods. According to the first article, labeling is a bad idea since
“…labels on foods with GM ingredients will falsely and unnecessarily alarm consumers in part because the pro-label lobby has been pushing the notion that the foods are unsafe, untested, and unnatural”
Perhaps Sparkers are already aware of the Fortune article. It was published on May 23rd. I was in Europe then, where GMO products are banned.
I thought I’d just throw this out there for the collective wisdom of the SP community.
Edit#2: Quotes from the Fortune article (since they won’t let you read the whole article online without a subscription)
What’s cast as a fight against GM crops looks more like an elitist war on the world’s poor.
…technological improvement in food production has defined large-scale human economic progress since the 1700s (US AID director)
Technology such as GM seeds save lives, especially as climate change eats into crop yields
Activist websites brim with unfounded scare tactics…
Edit#3: One more quote from the Fortune article
“Poor farmers in India, China, and West Africa have been pulled out of poverty because of their ability to grow pest-resistant GM cotton. Water efficient maize grown in East Africa is protecting the livelihood of farmers-and the lives of people-during the onslaught of drought”