Palaces For The People
Wednesday, October 29, 2003
Scope Magazine | Winter 2001 | Observations | Debating genetically modified foods
... Much of Avery’s deceptive barrage of facts and figures was designed to justify the need for high-yield agriculture and biotechnology. Setting up the specter of imminent world starvation, he laid blame at the door of “low-yield organic agriculture” working in conjunction with environmentalists and “chemo-phobic yuppies.” He argued that we’d have to “plow the forests” to grow enough food unless we wholeheartedly embrace industrial agriculture. He neglected to mention, however, that U.S. farmers are going broke because of low prices from overproduction, while the world’s poor, displaced by agribusiness and food imports in their own countries, can’t afford to buy the food they once grew for themselves....