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Technology should feed the world

Technology should feed the world

作者:公羊睛  时间:2019-03-01 02:15:04  人气:

Biotechnology has a key role to play in helping to feed people in the poorest countries, says a report from the OECD published last week. ‘The need is greatest in developing countries,’ says Dick Flavell, the director of the Agricultural and Food Research Council’s Institute of Plant Science Research in Norwich. ‘We should do everything we can to disseminate the technology.’ While highly critical of the failures of governments and industry to pass on their advances in biotechnology, the report also attacks pressure groups in rich nations who claim that biotechnology will ruin the economies of developing nations. ‘The early worries about biotechnology wiping out crops from developing nations were exaggerated,’ says Saloman Wald, the head of the OECD’s Biotechnology Unit in Paris. ‘We think most developing countries need biotechnology.’ Developing countries are concerned that worries over safety in Europe might delay the introduction of biotechnology in their countries. Barry Cross, the scientific editor of the report, says: