UCCSN-AL questions the neutrality and objectivity of the letter from Nobel laureates that urges Greenpeace to end its opposition against genetically modified crops, especially golden rice. They also point out the lack of robust and well founded arguments.
In their statement, UCSSN-AL confutes the claims that GM crops have higher yields and can contribute to the goal of ending world hunger. Instead, the main GM crops marketed today are mainly used for the production of biofuel and animal feed.
Golden rice, which is not commercialised today, is intended to synthesize beta-carotene - a precursor of vitamin A - and help the fight against vitamin A deficiency. However, UCCSN-AL says, malnourishment is related to poverty and loss of food sovereignty and not to the lack of a specific nutrient. On the contrary, this rice would contribute to the undermining of traditional food systems and increase large-scale monocultural production, corporate control over seeds and genetic uniformity.
They further point out the great importance of genetic diversity and traditional varieties to combat hunger and negative effects of climate change. Rather than investing in the promotion and implementation of golden rice, this money could be used to promote crop diversity and strengthen local and regional nutrition and food sovereignty.
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