Open Forum: Genetically Modified Foods
July 30, 2008 § 11 Comments
The recent global food crisis exposes a long standing problem that has not been addressed. As more countries move away from their agricultural roots and embark on the path of industrial expansion, citizens of these upstart countries are facing severe food shortages and massive food price hikes. In hope of putting an end to the current quagmire, some are calling for a greater increase in the production of genetically modified foods.
Recently, a number of famine-plagued African countries were offered large amounts of genetically engineered foods by the United States and other Western countries in the form of food aid. The offer was rejected by African leaders, citing possible health risks posed by genetically modified products. Disappointed U.S. officials denounced the food aid refusal as a crime against humanity. This begs the following questions:
1) Was the decision to reject the aid a valid one?
2) Are genetically engineered foods the right solution to the global food crisis?
Share your views on this issue.