Prince Charles: Genetically Modified Food 'Disaster'

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

By: Jim Meyers

Britain's Prince Charles has warned that the mass development of 
genetically modified crops could lead to the world's worst 
environmental disaster.

In an interview with Britain's Daily Telegraph, Charles accused 
multi-national companies of conducting a "gigantic experiment I think 
with nature and the whole of humanity which has gone seriously wrong."

Small farmers would be the major victims if those corporations take 
over the mass production of food, the Prince declared.

"That would be the absolute destruction of everything  and the 
classic way of ensuring there is no food in the future.

"If they think it's somehow going to work because they are going to 
have one form of clever genetic engineering after another, then count 
me out, because that will be guaranteed to cause the biggest disaster 
environmentally of all time  We [will] end up with millions of small 
farmers all over the world being driven off their land into 
unsustainable, unmanageable, degraded and dysfunctional [urban 
developments] of unmentionable awfulness."

Many scientists believe genetically modified crops are the only way 
to guarantee food for the world's growing population as the planet is 
affected by climate change.

But Charles pointed to the widespread environmental damage in India 
caused by the rush to mass produce genetically modified food.

"Look at India's Green Revolution.  It worked for a short time but 
now the price is being paid," he told the Telegraph.

"I have been to the Punjab where you have seen the disasters that 
have taken place as a result of the over-demand on irrigation because 
of the hybrid seeds and grains that have been produced which demand 
huge amounts of water.

"[The] water table has disappeared.  They have huge problems with 
water level, with pesticide problems, and complications which are now 
coming home to roost."

Charles created controversy in 1998 when he accused genetic engineers 
of taking us into "realms that belong to God and God alone."