In a 65-minute keynote appearance at the BIO International Convention on Wednesday, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton publicly supported the use of genetically modified crops and crop biotechnology.
“I stand in favor of using seeds and products that have a proven track record. There is a big gap between what the facts are, and what the perceptions are. Genetically modified sounds ‘Frankensteinish’ — drought resistant sounds really like something you want.”
“We talk about drought-resistant seeds, and I’ve promoted them all over Africa. By definition, they have been engineered to be drought-resistant, I mean that’s the beauty of them. Maybe somebody can get their harvest done and not starve, and maybe there’s some left over to sell. And yet I’ve been involved in a lot of the political debates in other countries about whether or not to accept certain kinds of seeds,” Clinton said.