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E.U. to Face Food Shortage With Current “All Natural” Policy


Remi Dumery, a farmer in France, has castigated current E.U. policies on GMO and pesticides. Dumery maintains that the 28-nation union is “sleepwalking into a food crisis and politicians are doing nothing to stop it.” Dumery claims that elected representatives are pandering to scientific illiteracy in an attempt to establish their environmental credentials.

At issue is the herbicide glyphosate, which has become a political football. Dumery maintains that President Emmanuel Macron has sufficient technical evidence to exonerate the compound from allegations that it is potentially carcinogenic. Unless a suitable and equally efficient herbicide is developed within the next three years, crop yields will deteriorate and environmentally deleterious alternatives will replace glyphosate.

The E.U. has adopted a decidedly anti-GMO stance despite three decades of experience that has demonstrated that GMO crops are innocuous with respect to health of humans and livestock. Anti-science and unfounded opposition to innovation will seriously restrict advances in agriculture which will be necessary to feed the world’s population by mid-century.

Dumery refers to the “Nespresso effect” in which a highly urbanized population takes for granted the availability of prepackaged food without any consideration how it is grown or processed. Unscrupulous politicians have applied fear and uncertainty and in many cases, sophistry to oppose GMO technology and environmentally acceptable herbicides and pesticides.

In a recent decision, the European Court of Justice determined that gene editing involving deletion and suppression of genes was to be covered by the same rules as insertion of genes. This is an example of unfounded restriction which obstruct technical and commercial progress in developing new cultivars offering resistance to pathogens and drought and offering increased yields.

Copyright 2019 Simon M. Shane