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Unlike the rest of the world during the last 30 years, the productivity of African farmers has remained low; as a result, nearly one-third of the people in sub-Saharan Africa are undernourished. According to Paarlberg (political science, Wellesley Coll.), an increased adoption of agricultural science methods would increase farm productivity, raise living standards for the rural poor, and decrease undernourishment. Biotechnologies, specifically, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), could change this, Paarlberg writes; however, because of opposition to GMOs, especially in Europe, where opponents are concerned about possible future health or environmental problems (Paarlberg argues there is no credible scientific evidence for this concern), it has become difficult for African farmers and governments to adopt GMOs. Except for South Africa, no African state has legalized the planting of GMOs for production and consumption. While citizens of rich countries have the luxury of deciding what kinds of foods-organic, nonorganic, GMO, non-GMO-to eat, droughts and insect infestations continue to wipe out crops, and rural African children die because they have no choices. Bringing another perspective to the GMO debate, Paarlberg's provocative argument is recommended for all public and academic libraries. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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