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Argument: GM foods are important to supplying growing populations/demand

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"Seven Scientific Academies Support GM Crops". The Times (London). July 12, 2000 - Leading scientists from around the world have backed genetically modified crops. They are needed to feed growing populations and to provide employment in rural areas, a report from seven respected scientific academies, including the Royal Society, says.

The report calls on private companies that have developed GM technology to use their expertise to help the poor, and on governments to maintain publicly funded research in the field.

GM technology can produce crops that will resist pests, grow in salty soils and produce food that is more nutritious, stable in storage and, in principle, health-promoting, the report, Transgenic Plants and World Agriculture, says.

"We do not intend to indicate that it is the only solution to world hunger," Brian Heap, Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society, said, "but it can make a significant contribution."

"'Harness genetic engineering to improve agriculture'". The Hindu. July 12, 2000 - the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Mexican Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society in London, the Third World Academy of Sciences and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences participated in preparing the report titled ``Transgenic plants and world agriculture.

The report was intended to put GM technology in perspective, look at its benefits and address issues of concern, Dr. Mehta said. He emphasised that there was no single solution for all countries and each country had to make choices in view of its priorities. It was hoped that the report would help Governments and societies make wise and considered choices.

The thrust of the report is that GM crops were needed to feed a world population which would increase by two billion over the next three decades. GM technology, along with other developments, should be used to increase the production of food staples, improve the efficiency of production, reduce the environmental impact of agriculture and provide access to food for small-scale farmers.

"The real GM food scandal". Prospect. November 2007 - One other effect of GM crops may be the most significant of all. In the next half century, the world will have to more than double its food production to feed the over 800m people who now go hungry, the extra 3bn expected by 2050 and the hundreds of millions of people who will, as living standards rise, acquire a more western lifestyle and eat a great deal more meat.

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