During the Agricultural Outlook Forum in Arlington last week, Mitch Daniels, Purdue University President, once again called for anti-GMO groups to stop attacking the use of the biotechnology in agricultural production while calling on public, private and nonprofit leaders to fight against attackers.
“The attack on GMO technology is the most blatant anti-science of the age, but it is far worse than that,” Daniels said during his keynote speech. “Lives are at stake, and while scientists, regulators and business people are naturally reluctant to fight back, it’s morally irresponsible not to.”
Daniels cited projections by the United Nations that the global population is expected to grow to more than 9 billion people in 2050, generating a 70 percent increase in the demand for food. He described GMOs as the best hope to ensure the world’s poor have access to an affordable and nutritious diet.
“Thousand of studies and trillions of meals consumed prove the safety of biotechnologies,” he said. “We would never withhold medications with a safety record like that, and it’s just as wrong and just as anti-scientific to do so for food.”
Daniels also praised Purdue and other land-grant universities for making the world’s food supply not only safer and more abundant, but far friendlier to the environment.