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Water resources are limited, energy costs are rising, the cultivatable land is already mostly cultivated, and climate change could hit productive areas hard. We need a sustainable intensification of agriculture to increase production by 50% by 2030 - but how?
The method (GM is a method not a thing) is simple.
We take a plant, which typically carries about 30,000 genes, and add a few additional genes that confer insect resistance, or herbicide resistance, or disease resistance, or more efficient water use, or improved human nutrition, or less polluting effluent from animals that eat the grain, or more efficient fertiliser uptake, or increased yield.
We could even (heck, why not?) do all of the above to the same plant.
Some fear GM food is bad for health. There are no data that support this view.
In the US, where many processed foods contain ingredients derived from GM maize or soy, in the most litigious society in history, nobody has sued for a GM health problem.
Originally posted by sabbathcrazy
As for saving the world. YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING ME!!! Just look at all the products that have GMO corn soy and canola ITS ALL PROCESSED JUNK FOOD!!! Its most likely a depopulation program. Country's do have death quota's. This food is not going to Africa, its in your pantry.
Originally posted by neonitus
i think its the term 'genetically modified' is what scares most people.
in most cases this genetic modification is just another term for selective breeding, which mostly gives better quality and more productive food sources.
i'd rather have GM foods.
Originally posted by Backslider
reply to post by auraelium
Actually, "Selective Breeding" is not mixing plants together. It's choosing only plants that display qualities you want to breed with.
For example, you plant tomatoes one year, you take seeds from the strongest, healthiest plant. Next year you do the same. In a few years all your tomato plants are huge, fat, delicious tomatoes. mmmm.