Cheap food? Thank GMOs

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Today, about one-in-eight people across the world do not have enough food to eat. Addressing this problem of food insecurity today is daunting, and it will become even more so in the future as we face a projected increase of the world’s population to 9 billion by 2050.

In the United States, almost 50 million Americans suffered from food insecurity in the past year.

Fortunately, there have been major advances in agricultural technologies over the past 20 years that have enabled higher and higher yields without having to use more of our limited resources. Perhaps the most important development has been in the advances of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Through the use of GMOs, we are able to produce enough food at affordable prices to the world.

Of critical importance is that GMOs help keep food costs low; if GMOs did not exist, food prices would be dramatically higher in the U.S. and across the world. This is especially critical to low-income consumers who have limited amounts of money to spend on food. If prices were higher – as would occur in the absence of GMOs – this would lead to higher rates of food insecurity across the world, including in the U.S.

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  • Mike Bradley

    You people are lying scumbags and should be hung

    • Judy Nonarchi

      Because …. um, they’re lying about population growth and the logical need for more food? Scumbags because they support ways of actually providing that food?
      Hung because then we can be turned into Soylent green maybe to feed those new masses? (organic of course)

    • Antumbra

      And what, pray tell, will become of you?

      Not too long from now, your vehemence and disgust will be barely a footnote in the history of GMO technologies, as they gain acceptance and help change the world for the better.

      “In the early days of more advanced genetic technologies, popular opposition was strong – based on misunderstandings and ultimately manipulated by those who could make money off their fear. Eventually, when the tragic and very real human cost of the opposition as well as the benefits to all nations became clear, they began to be accepted on a wider basis.”

      But then, because our record-keeping is so much better, when schoolchildren write about the history of GM technology – they can directly reference people like you, and ask their parents why you lie and threaten. And their parents will smile, because it’s a good question – and they will explain that you didn’t know any better, that you were told to be angry about it and defensive instead of rational, to feel emotionally attached to made-up ideas about nature and the purity of your precious bodily fluids.

      And perhaps, if you’re still around – you will admit that you felt quite strongly about it yourself, but you were wrong, eventually the world moved on despite your objections and you learnt better, you’re sorry for the things you said, and you’re happy that the world is a better place.

  • srlucado

    And just think how much cheaper food would be if such a huge amount of corn wasn’t being wasted on ethanol. Hungry people everywhere would be thankful.

  • Mother Plucker

    The problem is not a shortage of food, but rather an excess of human beings. Are we going to make 9 billion cell phones/cars/dishwashers etc. a year for everyone? Are we to become so efficient at wringing out the natural resources of this planet that we meet a dead end? I don’t know how we will reduce our population by choice; it will likely be unpopular and unfair. The alternative? Science has done enough experiments with rats overpopulating a given size cage. Avert the crisis now, or the decision will be made for us by starvation, war and disease.

  • Mike Bradley

    Do you get paid to tell lies, or are you as credulous as you make out ?

    Happy illness to you, oh, sorry you already have it.

  • Carson

    If you remove the subsidies for GMO farmers and penalties for organic farmers then GMOs will cost at least 2-3 times more than organic. And if you include the externalities (pollution of our air, water and soil; death of bees and butterflies) of growing and eating GMOs then no one in their right minds would support GMOs.

    • Carson, can you cite evidence that farmers who grown GM crops get more subsidies than organic farmers who grow the exact same crop, just not GM? And evidence that organic farmers are “penalized” for growing, say, organic soybeans or organic corn? I’ve never seen any evidence to support either claim, but open to review what you can send from a reputable government source or mainstream academic paper.

    • First Officer

      You remove farming subsidies and the GMO’s will be even more financially favorable as farmers would be pressured to reduce expenses and maximize net income even further.

    • hyperzombie

      penalties for organic farmers

      What penalties do Organic farmers pay?

  • Svein Michaelsen

    Beware, this site is pure GMO-propaganda.

    Reality:
    Why is the use of chemicals in farming increasing, as well as a growing resistance in bugs and weeds? Thank GMOs.
    Why is there still no GMO-labelling, even if the majority of the population want it? Thank the GMO industry, which fights labelling with massive disinformation campaigns (using lies and fake quotes).
    Cheep food? I want safe food.
    World hunger? The population growth is stagnant or negative in Western World (only upheld by immigration). Are people dying because of a lack of food in Europe right now? No, of course not. And still USA is pushing for GMOs in Europe. Poor third world countries already have GMOs, because the GMO industry bribes the corrupt governments.
    Keep drinking the Kool-Aid and keep getting those paychecks from Monsanto and co, but don’t force this GMO crap on me. This is about greedy corporations wanting world domination of the food production with patented seeds, and not about consumer health, world hunger or cheep food.

  • Arlinda Henderson

    As pests become resistant to GMO produced food, the economic reason to use GMO’s loses footing. Not to mention that the extreme similarities for efficiency in produce can also lead to widespread vulnerability. Also, I have noticed, even with the poor exchange rate, that food is cheaper in the UK, where they don’t use GMO’s, than in the US. I’m sure there are many reasons for this, but it still detracts from this simplistic and, I think, shortsighted concept that GMO’s necessarily equal cheap food.