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01-24-2011, 08:00 AM
Genetically-Modified Crops could help prevent a future global hunger crisis, the Government's chief scientific adviser said.........

Professor Sir John Beddington said there was no one ''silver bullet'' to the ''enormously serious'' problem of feeding the world in the future in the face of problems such as climate change, population growth and energy shortages.He told BBC Breakfast: ''If there are genetically modified (GM) organisms that actually solve problems that we can't solve in other ways, and are shown to be safe from a human health point of view, and safe from an environmental point of view, and they can solve problems we can't solve otherwise, then we should use them.

''The sort of problems I am thinking of are new diseases which are likely to come with climate change, problems to do with drought, problems to do with the salination of ground, we need organisms that actually address that.''Sir John was speaking in advance of the publication of a Government-commissioned report warning that urgent action is needed to avert global hunger on a huge scale in the future.Factors such as a growing global population, climate change, scarcity of water and energy will put massive pressure on food production, the report is expected to warn.