We all know GMOs are bad for us, don’t we? Well, contrary to popular myth, there are millions of people across the world who are glad to be able to grow genetically engineered crops to provide for themselves and their families. The weight of peer-reviewed scientific evidence, including 100 billion animals and trillions of eaten meals, shows that they are as safe to eat as conventional foods, and GM cotton is better for the farmer and for the environment than non-GM cotton, which needs to be sprayed against pests up to 6 or 7 times per season.
Many people agree with us that GM technology makes cultivation more environmentally friendly by using less water, land and pesticides. By 2050, 9.5 billion people will need nourishing sustainably. And we are not alone in thinking that using GMOS to grow more with less can make a critical contribution: more than 115 Nobel laureates support precision agriculture and GMOs.
However, though we consider most of the criticism levelled at GMOs to be at best non-scientific, and at worst just plain fear-mongering, we respect the fact that many people in Europe are against them. Our focus in Europe is firmly on conventional seeds: GM seeds represent less than half of a percent of our sales in the EU. We will only sell GM seeds in countries where they enjoy broad political support and where their authorisation is governed by science-based decision making, even when there is a strong demand from farmers.
Even when GM crops have been deemed safe by authorities, European governments can restrict or prohibit their cultivation. So if you agree that farmers should at least have the opportunity and choice to use GM technology to produce more, better and more affordable food with fewer resources, why not invite your local politician, friends or family to visit this site?