Saturday, October 24, 2015

Biotech key to increasing yields to meet growing global food demands

Betsy Isaacson

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.  The world population is expected to grow to 9.6 billion by 2050, and according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), if we want to avoid mass malnutrition, we need to increase food production by 70 percent by 2050. Most of the land we can work for food is already being cultivated. That means we’re going to have to make large-scale changes to how we farm.  The debate around GMO safety is overshadowed by an even more fundamental question: Will genetic modification help feed 9 billion people? Joel Bourne, agronomist and journalist, says that though herbicide-resistant and pesticide-resistant GMOs have made farmers’ lives easier, “We haven’t seen significant increases in corn, rice or wheat in the major breadbaskets of the world since around the year 2000, and that’s of great concern.”....To Read More....


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