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Jakarta Post

Genetically modified food and food security

  • Geradi Yudhistira

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 16 2011   /  08:00 am

For more than 65 years after independence, Indonesia’s food problems remain unsolved. The country is still trapped in the same situation as other underdeveloped nations, where hunger, poverty and malnutrition make headlines almost every day.

Six decades of the fight against food problems has not caused Indonesia to learn from history. The life of farmers is worsening day by day, as indicated by the farmers’ exchange value (NTP), which in January 2011 stood at only 97.99 per month. This figure shows that high staple food prices are not accompanied by improvements in the welfare of farmers and fishermen.

Amid the threat of a world food crisis and food insecurity, the government is opening its arms to Genetically Modified (GM) foods. The deputy agriculture minister has said clearly that Indonesia needs GM foods to eradicate undernourishment and hunger. Types of food that ...