Prince Charles: Genetically Modified Food
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
"That would be the absolute destruction of everything Š
and the classic way of ensuring there is no food in the
"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 Š 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
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
"Look at India's Green Revolution. It worked for a
short time but now the price is being paid," he told the
"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