Approximately 800 million people on planet Earth are currently malnourished, and 2 billion additional people are expected to populate the world by 2050. Only the widespread embrace of bioengineered or genetically modified (GM) crops and animals can solve the persistent problem of hunger and lessen the impact of pest-borne diseases without doing untold damage to the environment.
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In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Kevin Folta, Chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department in the Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Program and Plant Innovation Program at the University of Florida at Gainesville, joins Manager Editor of Environment & Climate News, H. Sterling Burnett. Folta joins Burnett to discuss the effects of the slanderous attacks he and other biotech researchers and science communicators are facing due to their honest discussion of the benefits of genetically modified organisms.
Approximately 800 million people are currently malnourished, and the world’s population is expected to rise by 2 billion by the year 2050. If we use current technologies—or, Heaven forbid, roll back use of modern agricultural practices—we will have to plow down literally millions of acres to relieve the projected hunger expected to come as a result of the growing population. Fortunately, a widespread embrace of biotechnology and genetically modified (GM) crops can help ensure there is enough food for all.
The organic food movement grows every year. Many people are attracted to its acclaimed health benefits and superior produce compared to more ordinary foods. Organically grown food is particularly favored over genetically modified foods (GMOs). Indeed, it is hard to find an upscale restaurant or grocery store that does not loudly proclaim its non-GMO status.
The fact is this: humans have been genetically modifying plants and animals for millennia. Just because it was done more incrementally, and out in the field instead of in a laboratory, does not make it any less of a modification. The scientific method as applied to crop-rearing offers the same boons it has to all natural sciences, namely made it more rigorous and more conducive to human progress.