Genetically Modified Foods and Hunger
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The paper argues against Prakash and Conko's belief in "Technology Will Save Billions from Starvation" that the technology of genetically modified foods and the attendant agricultural practices is an ecological boon and a nutritional miracle. The paper asserts that the purported nutritional benefits of genetically modified food can be found naturally in organic produce. The paper then dispels the myth that there is a need for more food and reveals that technologies which allow the production of more food still have not solved the problem of growing hunger. The paper notes the concerns regarding genetically modified foods and contends that the 'green revolution' is of great potential harm, not just to Africa, but to the entire world's future food supply.
From the Paper:"One of the benefits of biotechnology, according to Prakash and Conko, are that plants can be engineered to hold greater nutritional benefits, such as "higher quality protein, lower levels of saturated fat, increased vitamins and minerals, and many others" (426). Of course, there is already a type of farming which provides extensive nutritional farming, and that is organic. Unlike genetically modified foods, which have these nutritional benefits by virtue of scientific interference, organic farming allows foods to retain their natural nutritional character. The Organic Trade Association website discusses these enhanced (or rather unhampered) nutritional qualities of organic foods in detail, citing a number of scientific and academic studies as conclusive evidence. One study, conducted by the Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences, found that rats fed on organic foods "were slimmer, slept better, and had stronger immune systems than those fed conventionally grown produce" (http://www.ota.com/organic/benefits/nutrition.html)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Ganguly, Saby. "From the Bengal Famine to the Green Revolution" http://indiaonestop.com/Greenrevolution.htm
- Moore Lappe, Frances. World Hunger: Twelve Myths New York: Grove Press, 1998. http://www.foodfirst.org/node/1480
- New Scientist magazine, March 16, 2002, page 10; European Journal of Nutrition, Vol, 40, page 289. http://www.ota.com/organic/benefits/nutrition.html
- Prakash, C.S. and Gregory Conko. "Technology that Will Save Billions from Starvation" http://www.agbioworld.org/biotech-info/articles/agbio-articles/save-billions.html
- Rosset, Peter. "Lessons from the Green Revolution" http://www.openspaceforum.net/twiki/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=376
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