Writing in our new issue, science journalist Angela Saini argues that campaigns against genetically modified crops have prevented us from embracing what could prove the only rational alternative to mass starvation:
"GM crops have the potential to be agricultural heroes, yet instead of embracing them, scaremongering and twisted facts have turned transgenic crops into the X-Men of the food world - misunderstood and vilified, when they could be helping us."
Of course it's a controversial argument, and in the spirit of free thinking we invited the Soil Association, who have campaigned against GM, to write a response. Their policy campaigner Emma Hockridge duly obliged, and I've just posted it on our website. She argues that GM crops have produced none of the benefits claimed by their proponents, and have in fact led to rising prices and increased application of unsustainable and environmentally damaging agricultural methods. The future she says, lies not with GM but with the worldwide adoption of sustainable farming systems.
What do you think? Have a read of both articles and let us know by leaving a comment on this blog post.