Scared Of Genetically Modified Food? It Might Be The Only Way To Feed The World
From Fast Company January 4, 2013 - 2:30pm
There are many potential dangers to GM crops, but in the developing world, many programs are experimenting with adding nutrients to foods to help feed starving populations. What’s the right thing to do? The math is simple. As land to clear dwindles, and the crop yield growth falls, we will still need to grow 70% more food by 2050. That’s what the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization figures is necessary to feed the 9 billion humans expected by mid-century. Last century’s technology will not be enough. Remarkable gains from the Green Revolution during the 1960s--petrochemical fertilizers, pesticides, irrigation and improved strains--are now nearly tapped out. Yet the next "revolution" on the horizon, genetically modified (GM) crops whose genes have been altered with DNA from other plants or animals, is battling controversy as it spreads around the world.Rea...
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