GM food only way to feed starving people: US scientist

GM food only way to feed starving people: US scientist Kochi: The 'spat' over GM vegetables on ethical grounds was meaningless while millions of people are starving in the world, renowned biomaterial scientist of the US Prof Buddy D Ratner said Sunday.

Speaking to reporters here, Prof Ratner, Director, University of Washington, Engineered Biomaterials, said the only way ahead to feed these people was available food varieties and supplements brought out through Research and Development in biotechnology.

Those opposing it on ethical grounds should consider the issue of starvation and support R&D in this area, he said.

Earlier, in his keynote address at the "International Conference on Biomaterials, Artificial Organs and Tissue Engineering," he claimed his institute has developed a new technology by which biomaterials can independently grow as stem cells in the body.

This would avoid usage of foreign cells in healthcare treatment, a revolutionary step in saving lives of millions in the world suffering from various ailments, he said.

He said India was well ahead of China in biomaterial research and development and on par with R&D in the US and Europe.

The conference was organised by SCMS Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology Research and Development.