11 September 1998
‘GM crops will mean poverty, starvation and unemployment’

A US scientist told the British Association science conference in Cardiff that poverty, starvation and unemployment in the developing world would rise if genetically engineered crops became prevalent.

Professor Martha Crouch from the University of Indiana said claims that gene-modified plants could feed the world in the 21st century were a myth.

She said genetic engineering was turning animals into factories and machines. It led to the planting of vast fields of identical, monoculture crops which were harming the environment and wildlife and undermining rural cultures across the globe, she said.