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Fourteen Global Experts Comment on the Safety and Use of Genetically Modified Food Crops
Date:11/5/2007

Online Video Captures Support for Contributions to the Environment and

Third- World Farmers

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- In a new online video and podcast released today, 14 globally recognized and distinguished scientists, economists and thought leaders discuss the use of genetically modified food crops over the last decade -- including their proven safety, benefits to the environment, and contributions to the lives of third-world farm families and communities.

"Here we have a very versatile technology, which has the power and the capacity to contribute to a more effective, a more benign, a more sustainable agriculture," says Dr. Clive James, agricultural scientist and founder of the not-for-profit International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA). "80 percent of the poor people that we have on this planet today are farmers or people that work on farms. So, therefore, if you can introduce biotech crops ... that will increase the income of these people, then you are making a direct contribution to the alleviation of poverty."

In 2006, more than 10.3 million farmers across 22 countries grew more than 252 million acres (102 million hectares) of genetically modified soybean, corn, canola and cotton crops. The vast majority (9.3 million) of those farmers were resource-poor farmers from developing countries, such as China, India, the Philippines and South Africa, where increased income from genetically modified food crops is contributing to the alleviation of poverty.

"So we can't just harshly and violently oppose this technology when we know that it can work for our farmers," explains the Honorable Dr. Ruth Oniang'o, a member of the Kenyan Parliament and founder of the not-for-profit Rural Outreach Program. "Because the people who are opposed to these technologies are not the farmers themselves -- they are people who can afford food."

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