The other night Bill Gates was being questioned on his many ideas. One of them was about Genetically Manipulated plants. His answer kind of surprised me. He stated that he was in favor of it as we need to produce more food for more people around the world. He also gave an example where there was a strain of grain that could be grown in areas where there was hardly any water.
If you have seen the pictures on TV where the crops in Africa were not growing. The animals dyeing due to the lack of water and food. People themselves shriveling down to walking skeletons. Then I think you would agree that there is a need for these crops.
He also stated though that it was up to each government to decide if the GM products could be grown in their countries. So it is not like some people say that these type of products are being forced upon the people. If it is, it is accomplished by their own governments.
That there is a shortage of food in some areas, is true. What is not generally known is that the world wastes 30% of the food to be used. What is really amazing is that the developed countries are not the largest wasters, it is the poor underdeveloped nations. The rich nations waste about 27-28% and the poor countries waste 31-33%. This is a spread of 3 to 7% of all food. Why?
It may be that the rich countries throw theirs away because they are full and the restaurants are obliged to throw all the left overs away. We should learn to eat what we order or more likely, only order that which you will eat.
In the poor countries the food is wasted because it cannot get to the people who need it through slow, poor or non-existing transportation. Also the really poor don’t have the money to purchase at least one meal a day.
We have to start thinking more on how we can get the food to those people, not just getting the food to the country. If it sits on the docks or airfields, it rots and more people will starve. It’s great to help your neighbor, but if you don’t think about how to get it to them, whats the point?
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- Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates says he advocated Skype takeover – BBC (bbc.co.uk)