Robin Maynard, Soil Association Campaigns Director said: “As so often, The Prince of Wales’s views are in tune with public opinion. In questioning the value of GM crops for poor, small-scale farmers in developing countries, his comments also chime with the recent international agricultural assessment by 400 scientists from around the world, which questioned whether GM crops offered any solutions to global poverty, hunger or climate change.
“Even the gung-ho GM US Department of Agriculture accepts that ‘currently available GM crops do not increase the yield potential’, only PR firms working for the GM industry claim otherwise.
“Agribiz owned and patented GM seeds that only grow ‘true’ for one season and which need large inputs of chemical fertilisers and pesticides will not deliver greater global food security. They were not designed to meet the needs of poor farmers in developing countries, but to maintain the profits of the vast multinational companies who make both the GM seeds and the chemicals used on them. Prince Charles’ previous pithy summary of GM crops, ‘as new uses for old herbicides’ was spot-on.”