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Prince Charles: Genetically Modified Food 'Disaster'

Wednesday, 13 Aug 2008 03:15 PM

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."

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