An effort to fight global poverty and hunger may become a Trojan Horse to force genetically engineered crops on countries and farmers that do not want them. Can you ask your member of Congress to keep genetic engineering out of any food aid and agricultural research legislation?
In the Senate, Senators Bob Casey (D-Penn.) and Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) introduced the Global Food Security Act which increases desperately needed funding for agricultural research in the developing world. Unfortunately, the bill also requires investment in genetically engineered crops favored by a handful of companies like Monsanto.
Most developing countries, especially in Africa, do not allow genetically engineered crops to be cultivated, but that's changing with international pressure. During the 2008 food crisis, pressure from U.S. companies forced countries to allow GE crops that are unwanted by their farmers. What's worse is that genetically engineered crops are not a solution to world hunger. The Union of Concerned Scientists recently found that genetically engineered crops have not increased the yield of American corn and soybean farmers -- nor will it be able to combat hunger in the developing world.
The House of Representatives is expected to introduce similar legislation soon.
Can you ask your Representative to keep genetic engineering out of any food aid and agricultural research legislation?
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Sarah, Noelle, Alex and the Food Team
Food & Water Watch
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