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That is, as well as scientific debates on the merits of genetically engineered food, there are equally, if not more important, debates on the socioeconomic ramifications of the way such science is marketed and used. Critics believe: The problem of food shortages is a political and economic problem. Food shortages and hunger are -- and will be -- experienced by the poorer nations. GE Food is an expensive technology that the farmers of the developing nations would not be able to afford easily. Patenting laws go against the poor around the world and allow biotech companies to benefit from patenting indigenous knowledge often without consent. This is a very young and untested technology and may not be the answer just yet. Crop uniformity, which the biotech firms are promoting, will reduce genetic diversity making them more vulnerable to disease and pests. This furthers the need for pesticides (often created by the same companies creating and promoting genetically engineered crops). Hence this leads to questions of the motives of corporations and countries who are using the plight of the developing world as a marketing strategy to gain acceptance of GE food as well as dependency upon it via intellectual property rights. That they are against any labeling or other precautionary steps and measures that states may wish to take is of paramount concern. The way in which we reach the answer to the question, "are GE foods safe?" is where a lot of the problem lies. A quick acceptance of GE foods without proper testing etc. could show corporate profitability to be very influential, while a thorough debate and sufficient public participation would ensure that real social and environmental concerns are in fact adhered to. And this pattern would probably indicate to us how other major issues in the future ought to be dealt with. There is also the issue of do we actually need genetically engineered food, given that agriculture in small biodiverse farms are actually very productive



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