|June 24, 2004, as reported
by just-food.com: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization
(FAO) is unapologetic for its pro-biotechnology stance according to
the organization’s latest State of Food and Agriculture report.
The report which was widely criticized by environmentalists quotes
FAO director general, Jacques Diouf, as saying although he “always
maintained” GMOs are “not needed to achieve the World
Food Summit objective” of halving hunger by 2015, they would
be needed to cope with a projected world population increase from
six to nine billion by 2050, requiring 60% more food.
“We will have to use the scientific tools of molecular biology
[…] the identification of molecular markers, genetic mapping
and gene transfer for more effective plant enhancement, beyond phenotype-based
methods,” Diouf said.