QIf gmos are the answer to the food shortages why do food prices keep going up?

If gmos are the answer to the food shortages why do food prices keep going up?

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Food prices include several costs. Since humans rarely directly consume corn or soybeans, this answer refers to processed food products.
 
Food prices are affected by increases in corn or soybean prices, but also by other costs, such as wages and transportation. For example, foods that have to be shipped or hauled long distances will be affected when the cost of fuel rises.
 
GM crops have increased the supply of corn and soybeans so the rise in food prices is lower than the case if GM crops did not exist. Research conducted by Graham Brookes indicates that corn-based products would be priced 6% higher and soybean-based products would be 10% higher if GM crops were not grown. The increased supply of these crops lowers the price that farmers receive for growing these crops and some of these savings are passed on to consumers, through lower food prices or through smaller increases in food prices.
 
GM crops are part of the solution to food shortages, not the answer. Many countries that experience food shortages are also affected by war and incomplete road networks, making the distribution of food very challenging. The fact that more food can be produced is of little value when a war prevents that food from being distributed to those in need.

Posted on August 15, 2017
No! However, poor nutrition coupled with highly processed foods and a lack of education regarding healthy eating is bad for our kids. As a mother and farmer, I believe the best way to keep my family safe and healthy is to make sure they eat a balanced diet and make good food choices daily. Fresh, healthy ingredients and minimally processed foods that are low in sugar, salt, calories and cholesterol provide kids with the best opportunity for a healthy diet. Agricultural biotechnology... Read More
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Posted on August 15, 2017
GMO crops are not "banned" in any countries around the world in the normal sense of that word. Usually when something is banned for consumption, etc., it is because some problem emerged that needed a response. The history of regulation for biotech crops is quite different in that there were regulatory approval processes developed long before any such crops were commercialized. The goal was to try to anticipate any potential health or environmental issues and to make... Read More
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Posted on March 2, 2017
These are definitely questions that many people are asking and researching to come up with answers.  In a day and age when a person can go to their smart phone to find a restaurant or search for directions, our society is definitely accustomed to finding answers quickly.   Unfortunately, complex issues take more time for the scientific community to research and develop answers. History is full of examples such as genetics, which started with the work of Gregor Mendel in 1856 and... Read More
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