Daniel Halliday
Oct 15 · Last update 2 mo. ago.
Are GM foods the answer to ending world hunger?
The hugely controversial issue of genetically modified food sees the general public at odds with scientific consensus. But could genetic engineering be the key to addressing hunger, malnutrition and food shortages in the world?
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The question of freshness
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A lack of understanding fuels contempt
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The risks of genetic modification are unknown and can only be observed retrospectively
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Genetic modification could boost agricultural efficiency and bring us closer to ending world hunger
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The question of freshness

While genetically modified food could help people suffering from hunger and starvation, what is more likely is that capitalism’s economic model would place more importance on profits and less on produce. This could lead to companies taking greater risks as people get comfortable with GM food. Genetic modifications could therefore be used to help conceal old food and effectively boost agricultural profits. This could lead to people eating less fresh produce that may have lost micro-nutrient content sitting on the shelf for an unnaturally long amount of time.

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A lack of understanding fuels contempt

The distrust of GM food correlates with a modern distrust of science and authority. This mistrust fuels conspiracy theories and science scepticism that only complicates political matters surround such issues. The only thing standing in the way of such problems is adequate education, as scientific consensus holds that current GM foods pose no greater risk than any other available food. GM foods and world hunger cannot be addressed until the level of education in the general population is addressed, something that would also enable greater levels of social mobility and only reinforce the fight against world hunger.

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The risks of genetic modification are unknown and can only be observed retrospectively

The dangers posed by GM foods are relatively unknown but that does not make them any less important, and the negative possibilities need clear thought before research even begins. Nature is in a delicate balance and solving one crop issue may cause numerous other problems. Therefore a safer and more sustainable method when looking at eradicating world hunger would be to heed the advice of UN’s Zero Hunger program and: - Don’t waste food - Produce more with less - Adopt a more healthy and sustainable diet

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Genetic modification could boost agricultural efficiency and bring us closer to ending world hunger

Genetic modification currently holds the key to pest resistance which would dramatically reduce crop loss, massively boosting the efficiency of agriculture worldwide. Additionally with the creation of “golden rice” in 2000, scientists have been able to increase the nutritional value of food, potentially ending deaths and disease from malnutrition in many parts of the world. If implemented on a large scale GM food could represent a food revolution that may be more sustainable, more nutritious and help eradicate world hunger.

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