Real Problems – False Solutions: Climate Change, Food Security & “Bio-technology”

Real Problems – False Solutions: Climate Change, Food Security & “Bio-technology”

Climate change will cause food shortages. But wide-spread use of GMOs can make the global food system even more vulnerable, less reliable.

  • Posted on: 18 May 2014
  • By: CCRA

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Climate change will cause food shortages. But wide-spread use of GMOs can make the global food system even more vulnerable and less reliable with the threat of larger scale famines and a more inequitable-world wide food distribution. GMOs and the industrial agriculture that they depend upon create more petro-intensive food systems which contribute massively to further carbon emissions and inevitably become more expensive as the price of petroleum increases.

Photosynthesis should capture solar energy and, thus, be a net energy producer in the global ecosystem. For this reason, the introduction of GMOs and the greater dependence upon fossil fuel-based production that these organisms require is forcing the global food system in the wrong direction with dangerous implications for the sustainability of human societies. There is no such thing as a post-agricultural civilization. If humans tie their agriculture irretrievably to a non-renewable resource, they will guarantee their own non-renewal.

Human communities need instead to use the diminishing fossil fuels to design and re-enstate a solar-sustainable food system that can support our complex civilization indefinitely into the future.