Writing in The Times, Matt Ridley, best-selling author and popular keynote speaker, tells readers to eat up GM crops, arguing that genetically modified foods are cheaper to grow, need fewer pesticides and can be enriched with anti-cancer agents.
This follows from the news that Britain could soon grow genetically modified crops commercially, which Matt believes is a victory for “common sense over irrational opportunism…[because] the opposition to GM crops has been counter-productive for the environment as well as harmful to the economy and the consumer.” Matt provides the example that potatoes currently require spraying with fungicides up to 15 times a season. Each spraying costs money, burns diesel, compacts soil and kills innocent fungal bystanders.
Matt contends that “GM food has killed nobody. There’s now simply no way to argue with a straight face, after billions of GM meals have been eaten all round the world, that the technology is a threat to our health. The reverse is actually the case…[For example,] purple tomatoes, rich in anti-cancer agents, have been created in Norwich.”
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