Daily Archives: November 9, 2009

Biotech Companies Walk out on Food Project

Corn bomb - genetic engineering of plants and animals is still untested long termwww.guardian.co.uk

Biotechnology companies developing genetically modified crops have withdrawn from a major international project to map out the future of agriculture, after it failed to back GM as a tool to reduce poverty and hunger.

The International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development aims to focus attention on the problem of how to feed the world’s growing population, as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has done for the challenge of global warming. Monsanto, Syngenta and BASF resigned after a draft report from the project highlighted the risks of GM crops and said they could pose problems for the developing world.

The companies argue the report should say their GM technology could secure future food supplies because it can boost yields and make plants more resistant to droughts and higher temperatures.

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A Craving For Real Food

Smaller farmers are trusted more than large corporate farmsCanadians want a better food system: Nanos Poll

Ottawa, October 13, 2009If you are concerned about food, you’re not alone. A large majority of Canadians feel the same way, according to a national opinion poll released by Nanos Research and USC Canada today.

The poll, released for World Food Day (October 16), found that seven out of ten Canadians want farmers to have more influence on the food system. The same number of Canadians also said they trust the experience and knowledge of farmers over that of large agricultural corporations.

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