Governments should empower–not deny–farmers the ability to do their best
Des Moines, आयोवा-Gabriela Cruz कई बातों के बारे में भावुक है: the family farm that she and her sisters work and manage on the eastern border of Portugal; the use of soil conservation to combat the erosion that annually tries to steal their land from them; and access to the technology that will allow her to prevail in the future.
पुरस्कार, given by Truth about Trade and Technology (TATT), "मजबूत नेतृत्व पहचान करना चाहता है, विजन, और सभी किसानों के अधिकारों की प्रौद्योगिकी और उपकरण है कि गुणवत्ता में सुधार होगा का चयन करने के लिए आगे बढ़ में हल, मात्रा, और कृषि उत्पादों को दुनिया भर की उपलब् धता."
TATT hosted a Global Farmer-to-Farmer Roundtable Oct. 12 और 13, prior to events in Des Moines, IA related to the World Food Prize. The Roundtable is organized by TATT, and is supported by the Council for Biotechnology Information, CropLife इंटरनेशनल, and the National Corn Growers Association. Sixteen farmers from five continents participated in the roundtable discussions.
The 48-year-old Cruz began planting GM corn in 2006 as a way to reduce her costs for controlling insects. She could reduce her use of pesticides and the number of tillage trips in the field by optimizing GM traits in corn. Less tillage was important to Cruz, who is president of the Portuguese Association for Soil Conservation. Soil loss in the erosion-prone fields of southern Europe can average 17 tons of top soil annually.
“Biotechnology offers one of the most promising solutions to many emerging challenges in feeding the world’s growing population,” Cruz says.
उदाहरण के लिए, the International Panel for Climate Change forecasts increasing dryness for the Mediterranean region where Cruz farms (already water prices have risen by 40%.)
“Scientists can generate crops that make more efficient use of water, as well as add characteristics that allow us to fight off weeds that compete with desired crops and suck water and nutrients from the soil.”
“Yet, these innovations will remain fantasies for farmers in Europe as long as our governments listen to misinformed activists and journalists that crowd out the responsible views of scientists, Nobel Prize winners and farmers.”
Cruz says her family has seen how GM crops can improve their quality of life, and she wants more of that for herself, her sisters, her workers, and the women who farm in other countries.
“Around the world, women cannot take advantage of biotechnology because of Europe’s hostility to GM crops. This especially affects African women farmers because they are highly dependent on trade with Europe,” Cruz says.
Cruz received the Kleckner Trade and Technology Advancement Award on Oct. 13, 2010 Des Moines में, आइए, at a Global Farmer Awards luncheon that followed two-days of discussion by farmers around the world.
Kleckner व्यापार और प्रौद्योगिकी की उन्नति पुरस्कार में स्थापित किया गया था 2007 डीन Kleckner के सम्मान में, सत्य के बारे में व्यापार और प्रौद्योगिकी के अध्यक्ष. The award is given out annually in conjunction with the Global Farmer-to-Farmer Roundtable. Rosalie Ellasus फिलीपींस के पुरस्कार की प्रथम विजेता था, को 2008 जेफ Bidstrup ऑस्ट्रेलिया के विजेता रहा था; और में 2009, the award went to Jim McCarthy of Ireland.
Cruz manages a 700-hectare farm in Elvas, Portugal that has been in the family for over 100 साल. The farm operation includes livestock, as well as maize, गेहूं, जौ और हरी मटर. No-till or reduced till methods are use on the whole farm.