Are GM crops necessary to secure global food supplies at affordable prices? Martin J Hodson, Oxford Brookes University, presented at Associate Parliamentary Food and Health Forum, GM Crops and Food Security 2010-2050, FHF half-day summer conference, Wednesday 21 July, 2010, Jubilee Room, House of Commons.
Thank you for inviting me to speak today. Before attempting to answer the question, “Are GM crops necessary to secure global food supplies at affordable prices?” I think it is important to put the question in context. We are looking at the world human population going up from around 6.8 billion now to 9 billion by 2050 before it begins to level out. At the same time we are almost certain that whatever we do now some amount of global warming will happen, causing more heat waves, droughts, floods and extreme weather events. We can add to that concern about decreased fossil fuel availability.