News that China, Russia and the Philippines are considering relaxing their historic opposition to GM rice is a depressing development.
The commercial production of GM crops will strengthen the hand of multinationals such as Monsanto by tying farmers into expensive contracts to buy their GM seed.
This is in addition to the long-term impact of genetically modifying crops - the effects of which we simply don't know.
The current food crisis has been caused in part by the industrialization of food production at the expense of local and sustainable approaches. The tragedy would be if the crisis became the excuse to open the door to further food industrialization, which may be irreversible.
Greenpeace's position on GM food can be viewed here.
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