Low Food supplies opens doors to bioengineered crops

Surging costs, population growth, and drought and other setbacks linked to global climate change are pressuring world food supplies, while soaring prices on the street have triggered riots and raised the number of people going hungry to more than 923 million, according to U.N. estimates.

With food demand forecast to increase by half by 2030, the incentive to use genetic engineering to boost harvests and protect precious crops from insects and other damage has never been greater.

Bioengineered crops are widely grown in Canada, Argentina and the U.S., where nearly all soybeans, most cotton and a growing proportion of corn are designed for tolerance to herbicides or resistance to insects.

Monsanto, a global agricultural conglomerate known for creating such poisons as DDT, Agent Orange, PCBs, saccharin, aspartame, polystyrene and Bovine Growth Hormone, is a world leader in producing genetically modified foods.

The forced use of genetically modified cotton seeds in India by Monsanto and Cargill has led to thousands of suicides by farmers not able to afford new seeds every year.  Monsanto recently had laws passed in Iraq officially recognizing their patent rights to modifies foods, presumably to set up the same forced scenario in Iraq.

Are we ready for this?

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