Why GMOs Aren’t The Miracle Solution To Solving World Hunger Or Global Demand


Most notably the biggest advocating factor for GM foods is the claim of solving world hunger, even managing Earth’s growing population. For that to be true GM crops would have to outyield conventional crops on an unimaginable magnitude. But the reality is that there is no factual support for these claims. GM crops are no better than traditional methods of production if not worse, there are no GM crops that are more impervious to poor soil quality or tough climate. Most if not all are engineered for herbicide immunity or to contain some form of pesticides, occasionally both. Soy and corn, the two most-produced GM crops mainly go into animal feed, biofuel, and processed food. Proponents of the industry love peddling the narrative of a sustainable miracle solution in GM foods but it could not be further from the truth. When looking for information on population growth you’ll often come across statistics that state the population will grow to around 10 billion by 2050. By only looking at the population growth there is an illusion of insufficient resources simply because 10 billion is such a daunting number. What is failed to mention is that we currently already produce more than enough food for every person on the planet and have the current means of feeding 12 billion people (UN Food & Agriculture Organization). GMO advocates say that the technology is essential to feed the world. Yet the world already produces enough food for the expected population of the world by 2050. Hunger and food insecurity are not a production issue but one of social justice and wealth inequality.