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FAO Continues to Support Biotech

2013 April

Following are excerpts of comments made recently by  José Graziano da Silva, Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in relation to questions on agriculture biotechnology:

…FAO welcomes scientific and technological research that can help to improve or increase food production. GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are an option that needs to be explored and can contribute to food security. FAO supports a science-based evaluation system that would help to weigh the benefits and the risks of each GMO before it is incorporated into a food production system… But we cannot afford not to explore this possibility. Generally speaking, in the future, we will need all the resources we can make use of, and this may include GMOs, because we cannot be sure at this point in time what will happen with increasing temperatures and climate change.

For more complete information, visit the FAO website.