Experts Say Biotechnology Could Provide the Next "Green Revolution"
The Biotech Advantage 06/26/2002
High-yield farming combined with biotechnology is one hope for staving off a global pandemic of starvation and chronic hunger, according to
a recent commentary article by George McGovern and Rudy Boschwitz. "It is the only way to pull the world's downtrodden masses, the 2
billion or so who go to bed hungry every night, back from the brink and onto the path toward a better life."
McGovern and Boschwitz are part of a new coalition working "to end world hunger before it ends the world." Other members include Nobel
Peace Prize laureate Norman Borlaug, credited with promoting the Green Revolution that saved an estimated one billion lives in the 1960's
and '70's, as well as sparing an estimated 12 million square miles of wilderness from conversion to farmland; and former Costa Rican
President Oscar Arias, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.
"Our coalition believes we must be able to double world food and forest product harvest over the next five decades without destroying more
of our wildlands and losing the Earth's vital biodiversity." According to McGovern and Boschwitz, increases in yields from plant
biotechnology will go a long way toward reaching that goal.
"A New 'Green Revolution' Could End Global Starvation, Chronic Hunger," St. Paul Pioneer Press