Experts say that if mankind embraces biotechnology, hunger would be
conquered as the productivity of GM crops is estimated to be 7-20% higher
than traditional crops, and 33% higher than organic crops. This was
emphasized by Obike Ukoh, a Nigerian journalist, in his article in The Tide.
Ukoh discussed the Malthusian Theory of Population wherein Malthus argued
that when the population becomes higher than the availability of food, many
people will die due to food shortage. When this situation occurs (dubbed as
the Malthusian catastrophe), the natural course is that the population level
will go back to a 'sustainable level'. To prevent this catastrophe from
happening, scientists continue to strive to boost agricultural production to
attain food security. One of the proven solutions to boost crop productivity
for food is biotechnology. However, campaigns against the technology are
blocking its progress.
Ukoh quoted experts' statements on biotech in his article. "What we are
having is ignorance; that's where education comes in," said Prof. Akinola
Hassan, a professor of genetics at Uthman Danfodio University, Sokoto, one
of the speakers at the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology held in
Abeokuta recently. Prof. Hassan described the campaign against GM food as
mere propaganda. "GMOs don't kill, they are not dangerous to health; the
Federal Government is talking about green alternatives. They are saying that
they want foods to be produced in a safe manner; and that can be achieved
through the use of GMO," Prof. Hassan added.