Can Genetically Engineered Food Feed the World?

Proponents of GM crops tell us that we need genetic modification to feed a growing population and reduce world hunger. However there is not a single study that proves GMOs have helped “feed the world.” Here are 5 facts that prove this statement is purely a marketing claim used by agrochemical companies to sell more patented seeds and chemicals:

Fact #1:

Crops have been genetically engineered for over 20 years. However world hunger has not decreased during this same time period, because most GM crops on the market were not designed to address hunger (through improved yields or nutrition). Instead, their #1 purpose is to withstand chemical weedkillers manufactured by the same companies producing these GM crops (a very profitable loop for these corporations), or to resist insects by producing their own internal insecticide. Source: CBAN Report 2014

Fact #2:

The majority of GM crops are not being used for food. The main uses of genetically engineered crops are 1) feeding meat animals (which third world countries can’t afford), 2) producing ethanol for automobile fuel (which does nothing to address hunger), and 3) producing food additives used in processed junk foods (which also fails to address world hunger).

Fact #3:

In the U.S. alone, where vast tracts of land are devoted to GMO crops, and the world’s largest and most successful ag-bio corporation responsible for GMOs is based, one in six Americans is facing hunger. Monsanto’s “feed the world” mantra isn’t even succeeding in its own country. Source:

Fact #4:

The problem with hunger is not a lack of food—the world already produces more than enough food—the problem is poverty / the lack of money to purchase food. Source:

Fact #5:

Corporate control of food dramatically increases the cost of food, which widens the poverty gap. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the growth of hunger is not the result of a decline in food production. Instead, “the poor are less able to purchase food.” Sources:

Can Organic Feed the World? Most Definitely:

United Nations Report (via Rodale Wellness website)

Canadian Biotechnology Action Network

WorldWatch Institute

University of California at Berkeley

Environmental Working Group

Organic Consumers Association