BBC: Can GM save the world?

An essay by BBC TV host Jimmy Doherty, who traveled the world to look at GM crops as part of a BBC Horizons programme screening in the United Kingdom this week.

Some excerpts:

“My biggest fear is that the genetically modified genes may spread into other non-GM crops.

“We know that this gene-flow does happen, and if it were to occur on a wide scale, it would mean that you couldn’t guarantee any crops were truly GM free.

“That would be bad news for conventional and organic farmers who don’t want to grow GM crops, and for anyone who doesn’t want to eat GM food.

“Although I’ve seen no evidence that eating GM crops is bad for you I do believe that you should have the choice to avoid GM if you want to.

“On balance, I’d say we don’t really need the GM crops we have at the moment.”