“ Biotechnology is one of the most promising tools for improving the productivity of agriculture and increasing the incomes of the rural poor… We are convinced of the benefits it offers to developing countries and small farmers”
US Agricultural Secretary, Ed Schafer at the June 3-5, 2008 summit on the global food crisis in Rome (Doyle 2008: para. 2-3).
“ The tools of genetic engineering are designed to steal nature’s harvest by destroying biodiversity, increasing the use of herbicides and pesticides, and spreading the risk of irreversible genetic pollution” (Shiva, 2000:95)
“ He will be able to do what he wants to do instead of merely what happens to turn up. Hitherto I think it is not too much to say that the results of hybridization had given a hopeless entanglement of contradictory results. We crossed two things; we saw the incomprehensible diversity that comes in the second generation; we did not know how to reason about it, how to appreciate it, or what it meant… The period of confusion is passing away, and we have at length a basis from which to attach that mystery such as we could scarcely have hoped two years ago would be discovered in our time . (Bateson 1902: 3,8;as quoted in Kloppenburg 1988: 69)
"My real concern is, when I retire or people of my generation retire, who is going to be training the next generation of plant breeders? Because we're coming in with people who can adequately do the job, but I don't think they're knowledgeable enough, particularly with breadth of knowledge, that they will be able to train the next generation. […] They're just as bright as anybody has ever been, but they have not had the experience.”