UNDP criticised over report suggesting GMOs could be vital to developing countries trying to improve living standards
The UNDP report asserts that developments in biotechnology
and information technology would directly help developing states.
It argues against a blanket rejection of GMOs and claims that GMOs
could be the answer to ending malnutrition in less developed
countries by developing seeds resistant to extreme weather
conditions. The report argues that developing countries like
Argentina and Egypt, which have permitted the production of GMOs,
can create biosafety systems that make it possible for them to move
forward in managing technological safety.
According to the UN report, the current debate
in Europe and the United States over GMOs has totally ignored the
concerns of the developing world. GMOs have been put on hold in
industrialised states and are heavily under attack in the United
States and the EU because of the alleged health and environmental