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The Vatican Supports Genetically Modified Crops

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According to New Scientist, the Vatican supports genetically modified crops to combat world hunger.

GM crops were heartily endorsed at a week-long seminar held by the academy in mid-May. Participants agreed that the crops offer food safety and security, better health and environmental sustainability.

Good. The human population is burgeoning and we need changes in agricultural policy to keep science at pace with global food demand. In past years, the rising cost of food has led to riots around the world and exposed how vulnerable many regions are to widespread instability when price increases. Ever more limited resources combined with the need to boost agricultural yield means we'll need genetically modified crops and the biggest hurdles will be implementing associated policies and dispelling the misinformation that plagues the public. I may not always agree with the Vatican, but whatever their motivations may be, I'm very pleased that genetically modified crops have their blessing.

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