Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Pope RatNAZI’s Vatican seldom approves of scientists meddling with God’s creation.
So the decision from the Pontifical Academy of Sciences to approve of the oft-demonized genetically modified crops as an answer to world hunger and poverty may come as a surprise.
GM crops were endorsed at a week-long seminar held by the academy in mid-May. Participants agreed the crops offer food safety and security, better health and environmental sustainability. However, the verdict is not shared by the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge.
Some say the seminar excluded dissenters within the church who fear that GM technology allows multinationals to control agriculture at the expense of the poor.