GM Could Help Keep Supply of Food Safe; CLA View
Byline: PADDY ROONEY
EARLIER this year, international bodies such as the Food & Agricultural Organisation, the International Monetery Fund and the G8 held high-level meetings and issued heavyweight reports on the food supply security.
All were clear that if the world was to keep up with a growing population, agricultural productivity must be improved.
This would require bringing poor land into production, developing new plant varieties and coping better with pests and diseases.
Although many of these developments were especially important for the less-developed world, developed countries, too, would need to assist with technical know-how, trade arrangements and finance, while continuing to improve their own productivity.
When the Doha round of trade talks collapsed during the year, blame was levelled, among other causes, at unhelpful agricultural policies in some developed regions notably North America and the EU.
Food prices around the world have increased sharply, there have been food riots and many governments have introduced restrictive measures. …