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

o grow more food in poor places - better seed varieties, better ways to manage soil nutrients, better ways to manage plant pathogens - ... it's going to create livelihoods. It's going to create income in the villages. It's going to convert what is now sub- subsistence agriculture into commercial farming," says Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, quetelet professor of Sustainable Development and professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University, director of The Earth Institute, and director of The United Nations Millennium Project.

"Looking ahead to the year 2050, we will have to produce the food and fiber for something approaching 10 billion people," says Dr. Norman Borlaug, who received the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership role in the "Green Revolution" to increase food production and currently serves as senior consultant to the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), and as president of the Sasakawa Africa Association. "Can we do it? I say yes. If we continue to develop technology -- including more widespread application of biotechnology."

In addition to Drs. Borlaug, James, Oniango'o and Sachs, the new video features comments from:

* Dr. Klaus Ammann, honorary professor emeritus and former director of

the Botanical Garden at the University of Bern, Switzerland

* Dr. Francisco Aragao, senior researcher in Genetic Research and

Biotechnology at Embrapa in Brazil

* Dr. Roger Beachy, researcher and founding president of the

not-for-profit Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in the USA

* Dr. Laveesh Bhandari, economist and director of Indicus Analytics in

India

* Graham Brookes, agricultural economist and director of PG Economics in

England

* Mary Lee Chin, M.S., R.D. of Nutrition Edge Communications in the USA

* Dr. Luciano Di Ciero, scientific researcher in the Forest Genetic

Research and Biotechnology Laboratory a
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