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Hungry?? Have a high-tech bio-burger...

Posted by: Frenchy on December 10, 1999 at 00:52:17:


By Jack Kemp

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Today we feed six billion people much better than we fed four
billion 20 years ago, says former U.S. Rep. Jack Kemp. This is
mostly due to scientific advances in food production and
nutrition, including genetic engineering.

Former President Jimmy Carter says that by increasing crop
yields, genetic engineering reduces "the constant need to clear
more land for growing food. Seeds designed to resist drought and
pests are especially useful in tropical countries, were crop
losses often are severe."

o Carter makes clear that the poorest, hungriest people of
the world have the most to lose in the public relations
assault on bioengineered foods.

o Nobel Laureate Norman Borlaug, who heads the Carter
Center's effort to improve crop yields in Africa, points
out that what some Europeans call genetically modified
foods are just advances in conventional plant breeding --
used for years to increase yields, nutritional value and
pest and disease resistance.

o By 2020, according to the Food Policy Research Institute,
we must increase grain production 40 percent to keep up
with population growth.

We can do so, says Kemp, without putting the world's wildlife and
entire ecosystems at risk by pressing more land into production
and without wider use of pesticides; but only if we use

Source: Jack Kemp (senior fellow, Competitive Enterprise
Institute), "Bioengineering Lets Farmers Feed the World," Dallas
Morning News, December 9, 1999

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$Let me guess, this is gonna be tough, my crystal ball says....yes, I see it now, it's becoming clearer, now it's coming into focus.....Yes! Farintina will say that this doesn't count because my sources are unreliable and not as scientific as his sources!
Let's see if my crystal ball is right.....Farintina?

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