Borlaug Dialogue discussions explored many topics and issues beyond biotechnology
Several speakers cited the important role biotech crops play in feeding a hungry world. But the messages weren't always uniform. For example, Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson of Ghana, cited Catholic Church teachings in support of using biotechnology to feed the poor and afflicted people in the world. But he warned against too much emphasis on profit and gain and spoke in favor of labeling food that contains biotech-derived ingredients, which many biotech supporters oppose.
Exploring topics beyond biotechnology, other speakers at the Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium talked about how to meet the more basic needs of developing nations, such as efforts to reduce food waste and increase access to capital for small-holder farmers and providing small farmers with agricultural knowledge, training and information.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was another keynote speaker. He praised a new generation of leaders in Africa who are open to ideas to increase food production and economic growth. Blair called on the western world to be less bureaucratic and more creative in helping aid African nations. "We need to help governments to be smarter, quicker and far more attuned to what their priority needs are and to help them meet those needs," Blair said.
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