Quotes

«A catastrophe»: Greenpeace blocks planting of lifesaving Golden Rice. «It goes completely against the science, which has found no evidence of any risk associated with Golden Rice. This will result in thousands of unncessary child deaths.»

Matin Qaim, University of Bonn

«Land use for agriculture is inevitably related to loss of biodiversity. Management techniques such as use of Plant Protection Products have by definition a negative impact on biodiversity, but this loss is by far surpassed by the higher land use in extensive production systems.»

EPRS | European Parliamentary Research Service

«The new breeding technologies will not replace traditional breeding, but they could complement it»

Andrea Patocchi, Head of the Fruit Breeding Research Group at Agroscope

Obst + Wein, April 2024

«If we did not interfere with nature through modern technology, we would not have attained the quality of life we now enjoy»

National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) from the Philippines, 25 April 2024

«We are in the year 2024. If you really want to produce organic apples sustainably, you also have to allow new breeding methods»

Marco Messerli

Organic farmer calls for genome editing for fruit growing, February 12, 2024

«Most people do not die from the things they are afraid of»

Andreas Hensel, President German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment

«Crispr is being used in laboratories all over the world, not only in the fields of health, agriculture, climate change and synthetic biology, but also in diagnostics to detect coronavirus and other diseases.»

Jennifer Doudna, Nobel Prize winner

Using Crispr to combat climate change, December 11, 2023

«Up to one-fifth of all crops worldwide are currently lost to pests, and this is expected to rise to 25 percent due to climate change. While non-chemical control methods can have some success in reducing crop losses, pesticides remain a necessary weapon in our fight against devastating crop losses and this will remain the case for the foreseeable future.»

Linda Field, professor at Rothamsted Research

AgroPages, 9 February 2023

«I’m not crazy about reality, but it's still the only place to get a decent meal.»

Groucho Marx, American actor and entertainer

«A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself.»

Franklin D. Roosevelt

«Everyone has a right to their own opinion, but not a right to their own science.»

Dr. Joachim von Braun, Chair of the Scientific Group of the UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS)

In a session at the UNFSS

If we want to produce more food within the planetary boundaries, this can only be achieved through higher productivity and increased crop yields. To achieve this, we need modern technology, which we should not close our minds to.

Matin Qaim, Agricultural economist at the University of Bonn

Handelsblatt, 31 March 2022

«If we deny facts, if we say that up is down and down is up, that left is right and right is left, we are obviously going to get lost. It's as simple as that, because science gives a direction. Science tells us what the facts are.»

Inger Andersen, Executive Director UN Environmental Program (UNEP)

UN News, 10 February 2021

«We have to overcome dogmatism. (...) The two agricultural initiatives last June were very ambitious. But I think they made people aware of what agriculture is up against.»

Jürg Grossen, GLP Party President

watson, 16 February 2022

«No, I smoke just enough that I hope I won't have to quit. According to Paracelsus, everything is poison, it just depends on the quantity.»

Katharina Prelicz-Huber, National Councillor, Grüne

Tages-Anzeiger, 28 January 2022

«Sometimes I have the feeling that a good engine oil is more important to us than a good salad oil.»

Cem Özdemir, German Minister of Agriculture and Food

foodaktuell, 28 December 2021

«Of course we found residues, that goes without saying. But they were only traces and not a health hazard.»

Christoph Spinner, Thurgau Canton Chemist

Thurgauer Zeitung, 31 December 2020

«We will not soon be able to feed ten billion people with an agriculture that used to feed one billion. What we need is not a romantic but a science-based agricultural turnaround.»

Matthias Berninger, Head of Sustainability Bayer AG

Bayer Presse DE, Twitter, 17 October 2020

«Food production does not work in the home office.»

Julia Klöckner, Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection

Lid, 2 October 2020

«I think we give a little too much weight to the theorists. Only with evidence is it possible to know what is really happening.»

Paul m. Romer, Winner of the the Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2018

NZZ, 3 August 2020

«Potatoes or tomatoes would be unthinkable without direct crop protection.»

Hans Ramseier, Professor for Plant Protection, HAFL

Der Bund, 31 July 2020

«Plant protection is a technology that supports civilisation.»

Prof. Dr. Andreas von Tiedemann, Georg-August University Göttingen

Lecture at the CAS - Autumn Conference 2018 at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna

«Breeding in itself is not natural.»

Prof. Dr. Detlef Weigel, Director of the Department of Molecular Biology at the Max Planck Institute for Biology

Forschung & Lehre, Issue 1/2017

«It would be unattractive if the conventional farmer had a potato variety that does without pesticides - and the organic farmer had a potato variety that he has to spray with copper.»

Urs Niggli, Bio-researcher

TAZ, 6. April 2016