Friday, August 15, 2008

Contrasts in Food Production

My previous post lambasted HRH Prince Charles for his comments against Genetically Modified foods. For most people on this planet Earth, this is how they survive:

Kinshasa

I took this photo from the car on the way to Kinshasa Airport. It is a typical sight - people subsisting on vegetables grown in makeshift gardens on top of rubbish dumps. Just how toxic the gardens are is hard to tell but there is pollution in the ground and in the air. This is why we need to be able to grow more food - people who barely survive cannot work, cannot think, cannot receive a good education, cannot defend themselves from illness. GM food can help to alleviate the suffering and allow people to reach higher and make something of their lives for future generations.