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COSTING THE EARTH
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Thursday 21:00-21:30
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Costing the Earth tells stories which touch all our lives, looking at man's effect on the environment and at how the environment reacts. It questions accepted truths, challenges the people in charge and reports on progress towards improving the world we live in.
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Thursday January 17 2008
GM Crop
GM Crop


The great GM miracle?


In this weeks Costing The Earth Tom Heap investigates whether Genetically Modified crops are the answer to feeding the Worlds starving?

Since GM food first hit the headlines they have been a controversial topic of debate. By labelling them ‘Frankenfoods’ the anti-GM lobby launched one of the most successful consumer campaigns ever. The British public turned their back on food that previously they had eaten without question. There was no such problem across the pond where GM foods are part of the staple diet. An estimated two trillion GM meals have been eaten to date. Despite this the EC continues to regulate GM foods with an iron fist. ‘It’s a crime against humanity’; that’s how one peer of the realm, Lord Taverne, describes the attitudes of groups opposed to GM food. Food he believes could go a long way to feeding the worlds hungry and starving. Strong words, but does the evidence back this up?

Tom Heap investigates.


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