Farmers have a new partner in the battle to end fear-mongering and misinformation about biotechnology and GMOs: 107 Nobel Laureates.
The Laureates recently signed a letter directed at Greenpeace, the United Nations and all governments to support crops and foods improved through biotechnology. The Laureates wrote: “The United Nations Food & Agriculture Program has noted that global production of food, feed and fiber will need approximately to double by 2050 to meet the demands of a growing global population. Organizations opposed to modern plant breeding, with Greenpeace at their lead, have repeatedly denied these facts and opposed biotechnological innovations in agriculture. They have misrepresented their risks, benefits, and impacts, and supported the criminal destruction of approved field trials and research projects.”
Who are these Nobel Laureates? In a nutshell, they’re really smart people — some of the smartest in the world — in the fields of chemistry, medicine and physics. There are even a few economists and literature experts who signed onto the letter.
The support of these Laureates is yet another blow to the increasingly scrutinized anti-GMO movement. When it comes to GMOs and biotechnology, science and facts are winning out over fear and misinformation.
It’s important that farmers and others in the scientific community keep this positive momentum going.