Feeding 10 billion people will require genetically modified food

Last changed: 19 July 2019



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by Mistra Biotech

"Like it or not, genetic modification is going to be an important tool to feed the planet’s growing population.

If we want to feed 10 billion people by 2050, in a world beset by rising temperatures and scarcer water supplies, we will need to dramatically change the way we produce food. Increased public investment in technologies like genetic engineering is a vital piece of that, according to a report published Wednesday by the World Resources Institute.

Not only must crops be more productive, but the agricultural challenges of climate change—including disease, pests and periods of both drought and flooding—mean they must be more resilient as well."

"While public debate has centered on its two primary uses—in soybeans and corn for resistance to the herbicide glyphosate and production of a natural insecticide, Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), in corn and cotton—the WRI implores us to look further. 'We do not believe that debate over these particular GM traits should dictate policy about the entire technology of genetic engineering,' the report says."

"'We have to use all the tools that we have at our disposal,' said Sarah Davidson Evanega, director of the Cornell Alliance for Science, which works to enhance global food security. “Genetic engineering isn’t going to be the only tool, but it’s a good one. To not use it is like asking a plant breeder to use an abacus instead of a calculator.'" - Deena Shanker 18/7



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