“We have enough food to go around now. We disagree with [Bill] Gates on two points — one scientific and one political.

“First, the science. Most of the rest of the world’s experts agree that GMOs are not what the world’s poor need to feed themselves. The science simply doesn’t bear this claim out. Our staff scientist was a lead author in the most comprehensive analysis of global agriculture ever undertaken, the UN & World Bank’s International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (theIAASTD). After four years, and with the input of over 400 experts, and reams of evidence, the IAASTD concluded that the developing world’s best bet for feeding itself in the 21st century was explicitly not the kind of chemically intensive farming that accompanies GMO seeds. Rather, these experts found that smaller scale, farmer-driven, knowledge-intensive, ecological agriculture is one of the most promising ways forward for the developing world in particular. The U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food has reported that ecological farming can double food productionwithin 10 years. This is the kind of agriculture we should be investing in.

“Second, the political — and this cuts two ways. We must finally recognize that hunger is a problem of poverty and access to resources, especially land, not agricultural yield. The solution to world hunger is a political one: stop kicking farmers off their land and dumping product on the world market that puts them out of business; protect farmers’ rights to save and exchange seed; kick the bankers out of food-crop commodities speculation, they’re playing roulette with our food system; write fair trade policies; and listen to the world’s poor, they know what they need…in short, democratize food and farming if you want to address hunger.

“Finally, here in the U.S., kick the farm lobby out of Congress and the pesticide industry out of our federal regulatory agencies (EPA & USDA). Together, these twospecial interests have a chokehold on U.S. farm, aid and trade policy, and dominate our agricultural research agenda in ways that make it possible for a smart man like Bill Gates to believe and proselytize on behalf of an approach to agriculture that A, the rest of the world knows is defunct; and B, has failed — after 14 years of commercialization and billions of dollars in public research funding — to deliver on a single one of its promises to the public.”

What Gates gets wrong on GE, every time,” Heather Pilatic, PANNA.

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