FAO director general defends the groups' pro-GM views

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.