Experts discuss genetically modified crops for developing countries in UN lecture series
The speakers were Professors Jennifer Thomson of the University of Cape Town in South Africa and Daphne Preuss of the University of Chicago, who discussed the use of genetically modified crops in developing countries, and the related technological and policy debates.
In his introductory remarks, the Secretary-General noted that the issue was complex and controversial. "It is a subject that involves the frontiers of science and technology, but equally, the most fundamental of human needs," he said. "It is a subject on which people's views may be very different, but it is not one on which we can afford to be indifferent."