Nobel Laureates: Fear of GM Crops Prevents Society from Benefiting from the Technology
The 2018 winners of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry, Professor Frances Arnold
from the United States and Sir Gregory Winter of the United Kingdom, say
that excessive concerns about genetically modified (GM) foods are preventing
society from benefiting from the technology.
"We've been modifying the biological world at the level of DNA for thousands
of years," Professor Arnold said at a news conference. "Somehow there is
this new fear of what we already have been doing and that fear has limited
our ability to provide real solutions," she added. Professor Arnold argued
that GM crops could make food production more environmentally sustainable
and help feed the world's growing population. Sir Gregory Winter, however,
said that the current regulations on GM crops need to be "loosened up."
The Nobel Laureates made the comments on Monday, December 10, 2018, during
the presentation of the prize. Professor Frances Arnold and Sir Gregory
Winter received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry this year, together with
American scientist George Smith, for their work in harnessing evolution to
produce new enzymes and antibodies. Their work led to the development of new
fuels and pharmaceutical by making use of nature's evolutionary processes
themselves, leading to medical and environmental advances.