Charles: 'I blame GM crops for farmers' suicides'
GM crop failures have helped to cause a "truly appalling and tragic" number of suicides among poor farmers in India, Prince Charles has alleged in his most outspoken attack on the technology to date.
He called cultivating the modified crops "a global moral question" and "a wrong turning on the route to feeding the world". He associated the technology with "commerce without morality" and "science without humanity".
His words – in a lecture to a conference in New Delhi organised by an anti-GM pressure group – are bound to create a row.
They come just weeks after he was attacked by the Government for "overstepping the mark" and "ignoring" the needs of the hungry – and by leading scientists for "ranting" and being "shockingly ill-informed" – after warning in August that the technology could become an "environmental disaster".
The biotech firm Monsanto, said: "Farmer suicides in India began long before the introduction of Bollgard (its GM cotton product) in 2002."
report: page 3
Cow 'emissions' more damaging to planet than CO2 from cars
Greenham Reach: The families trying to prove that compact, ecological farms can make a living
The ugliest animals on earth: Blobfish, axolotl and proboscis monkey battle it out to be named least attractive beast
Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past
A spotter's guide to a wild orchid summer
- 1 'Cheeky' Nando's under fire for apparently coming onto a customer on Twitter
- 2 Saudi Arabia mosque bombing: Two volunteer security guards hailed as heroes for stopping Isis suicide bomber reaching worshippers
- 3 Playboy model April Summers speaks out about being a victim of revenge porn
- 4 There is something wrong but very right about this Bible illustration
- 5 iPhone 'effective power' text: how to be safe from iOS bug that lets people crash your phone
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
EU referendum: David Cameron to deny EU migrants and under-18s the chance to vote
David Starkey 'tells Amal Clooney to shut up and stop over-promoting human rights'
£16500 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the leading Mercedes-Ben...
£27500 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£19500 - £23500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Experienced B2B Telemarketer wa...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This global company are looking for two Showro...