31 March 2000
Will GM rice end famine?

GENETICALLY modified rice which could boost yields by up to 35% and solve the worlds impending food shortage, has been tested in China, Korea and Chile, scientists have reported. .

Professor Maurice Ku told a conference in the Philippines that the GM varieties could play a big role tackling famine, reports The Guardian.

The newspaper devotes two pages considering the pros and cons of a modified crop which could prevent starvation.

And in The Times Philip Howard argues that nature and husbandry have been creating genetically modified plants long before biotech companies got in on the act.

  • The Guardian 31/03/2000 page 18 and 19
  • The Times 31/03/2000 page 22