In his second encyclical delivered on June 18, Pope Francis joined the battle against genetically modified organisms (GMOs) by criticizing their social, economical and agricultural impacts. But he didn't stop there, he urged scientists to continue their research and broaden their scientific debate.
While his encyclical stated "no conclusive proof exists that GM cereals may be harmful to human beings," Pope Francis said that “there remain a number of significant difficulties which should not be underestimated.”
It went on to state:
“In many places, following the introduction of these crops, productive land is concentrated in the hands of a few owners due to ‘the progressive disappearance of small producers, who, as a consequence of the loss of the exploited lands, are obliged to withdraw from direct production.’”
As the first Latin American pope, Pope Francis has made know his dedication to planet Earth and the environment. Now Pope Francis is taking a stance against GMOs claiming such crops are destroying our ecosystems and causing social distress.
Pope Francis is asking for “a broad, responsible scientific and social debate"—one that is free of biases and instead, consistent of all the facts.
While the biotech industry has refused to have this debate, will Pope Francis have an impact on the GMO battle raging across the U.S.?