"In my story, Gregory Jaffe of the Center for Science in the Public Interest makes that point — “you need to separate the technology from the company.” Most scientists I’ve spoken with over the years seem to favor the case-by-case approach. If it’s helpful and it’s safe, use it. But of course some think that transferring genes is crossing a red line."
— Jonathan Miller in The World’s “What’s for Lunch” chat on GMOs in developing countries.
"A big question for me—and I think the main question of our story—is not whether this or other “public interest” GMO efforts are trojan horses for Monsanto or other firms but whether separated from the heavy-handed efforts of those companies and GMO technology can be acceptable as part of a broader effort to respond to climate change and other huge challenges to feeding the world. Is it possible to separate the principle from the business agenda?"
— The World’s environment editor Peter Thomson on “GMO Lunch? Uganda Debates Disease-Resistant Cassava” Facebook chat.
"It makes no sense from a scientific or agricultural point of view to refer to “GMOs” as if they were all the same. Just as apples are different from oranges, virus resistant cassavas grown in Uganda serve a different purpose and population than hybrid insect resistant corn grown in Kansas."
— Pamela Ronald of UC Davis and author of “Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food,” in response to “GMO Lunch? Uganda Debates Disease-Resistant Cassava”
"We are worried, very worried… Because we know that once GMOs are introduced in a country, there would not be any other seed! Our traditional seeds will be wiped out completely, and that means they would make our farmers depend entirely on multinational companies."
Richard Mugisha, who works with a non-profit that promotes small-scale sustainable agriculture and is part of a coalition called the Food Rights Alliance, insists that Uganda doesn’t need GMOs.
From “GMO Lunch: Uganda Debates Disease-Resistent Cassava”
By now, most of us know that what we eat has an impact on the environment. And so, more of us are putting our money where our mouths are, ordering green-listed seafood at restaurants, or shopping at our local farmers’ market. Those choices add up. After all, most of us eat more than 1,000 meals over the course of a year. Still, what you have for lunch probably isn’t going to change the world.
But what if you served up 135 million meals a year?