In Britain, a well-known environmental activist, Mark Lynas, recently changed his mind about GM crops. “There hasn’t been a single GMO-related health issue I’m aware of after over a decade of research and testing,” he said in an interview with Yale Environment 360. “And environmentally GMOs have been beneficial, even in their current limited sense. … In the future we will be looking at nitrogen-efficient, drought-tolerant GMO crops with many other traits, which will minimize land use whilst increasing yield.”

(For more on GMO health issues, see here)

These technologies are indeed on the way. Farmers like me want them.  In 2011, we planted 60% more Bt corn acres in Portugal than we had the year before.  Scientists are developing them. And the world needs them, if we’re going to accomplish what every demographic expert says must be our goal and double food production by 2050, in order to feed all of the planet’s people.

Yet if Europeans are to benefit, the EU regulators will have to stop playing politics, ignoring science, and chasing away companies such as BASF. They’ll have to rethink their prejudices, just like Lynas.

They may want to start by letting me grow the crops that go into the feed that I can buy from foreigners.

Maria Gabriela Cruz manages a 500 hectare farm that has been in their family for over 100 years.  Growing maize, wheat, barley and green peas, they use no-till or reduced till methods on the full farm.  She has grown biotech maize since 2006. Ms. Cruz is President of the Portuguese Association of Conservation Agriculture, a member of the Truth About Trade & Technology Global Farmer Network and the 2010 Kleckner Trade & Technology Advancement Award recipient.  www.truthabouttrade.org.

(For original article, see here.)