How Food Became a Casualty of Biotechnology’s Promise

The first genetically engineered (GE) crops were approved for human consumption in the mid-1990’s. Now, millions of genetically modified meals later, the clamor over GE foods has become a fixture of food policy debate. The parties to the argument generally fall into one of two camps: those who support agricultural biotechnology as a solution to world hunger and the scarcity of environmental resources and those who warn that GE crops are jeopardizing food security and threatening the environment.

This paper aims to establish new ground in the controversy and contribute to the groundswell of opposition against claims that “GE crops will allow us to grow more food and feed more people.”