By Paul DeCampo – Slow Food Toronto member
The protection of biodiversity, solidarity with food producing communities, and advocacy for fair access to food and agricultural resources are all fundamental to the Slow Food mission. Because of these values, opposition to genetically engineered [GE] seed and food products has always been a clear priority of our movement.
Advocates of GE crops are well-funded, and have vigorously made the case that GE crops are necessary in order to adequately meet the nutritional needs of the global population. Opponents of GE seed and industrial agriculture in general have been dismissed as naïve, and enviro-romanticists. However, there is a growing body of scientific evidence that the benefits promised by GE seed purveyors have not been realized. The Union of Concerned Scientists have compiled this research into a compelling report.