War causes food prices to rise – and people go hungry. Can genetically modified food ensure the supply?
Düsseldorf The effects of the Russian war of aggression can also be felt in German supermarkets. Food prices are higher than they have been for a long time, rising again by more than eight percent in April. And cooking oil and flour are scarce on the shelves.
The consequences of the war for food in other countries, such as Africa, are much more dramatic. Matin Qaim, agronomist and professor of agricultural economics at the University of Bonn, estimates that, in the worst case, 100 million people will starve as a result of the war. In the sustainability podcast Handelsblatt Green he talks to editor Michael Scheppe about possible solutions.
The expert advocates the increased use of genetic engineering in agriculture. Other experts such as the Kiel agricultural economist Friedhelm Taube are skeptical. The podcast also discusses the consequences of the war on the expansion of organic farming and the extent to which Germans should reduce their meat consumption in order to alleviate the problem.
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