January 17, 2011
If farmers in Africa had greater access to fertile, arable land safe from armed conflict and pollutants, they would not need genetically modified crops to produce food, said the head of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
Making growers reliant on proprietary, genetically modified seeds smacks of “the usual game of economic dependence,” which in turn, “stands out like a new form of slavery,” said Cardinal Peter Turkson.
The Ghanaian cardinal’s comments came in an interview with the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano Jan. 5.
It is “a scandal” that nearly one billion people suffer from hunger, Turkson said, especially since there is more than enough food to feed the whole world.
Crops and livestock are destroyed because of strict trade restraints or in order to keep food prices high, he said.
In wealthier countries, edible food “is thrown in the garbage.
All it would take is a little bit more solidarity and much less egoism” and there would be enough food to nourish even twice the current world population, he said.
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