GM Food could save the world, but it isn’t yet

One of the major pro’s for genetically modified food is that it is a real solution to world hunger. GM crops could be saving the world, but they aren’t yet.

Currently, GM technology is very commercialised. “There is the concern that the ownership of agricultural genetic resources has shifted from the public domain to the private sector” (World Vision Australia, 2015). The seeds for these plants are sold at high prices to mostly western farmers. These plants, that can be more resistant to drought and tough conditions should be being used in countries that need them most. “GMO increases the productivity of land, it reduces the amount of land we need to farm and the use of chemicals, water, energy, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture needed to produce a certain volume of food” (Zilberman, 2014). Given these huge benefits, GM crops should be being grown in harsh environments, not just in the first world to make things easier. “This technology has reduced food insecurity by 15–20% among cotton-producing households. GM crops alone will not solve the hunger problem, but they can be an important component in a broader food security strategy” (Qairn; Kouser, 2013). This is just in the first world, imagine the difference it could make to the third world.

GM foods can save the world, they just aren’t yet!

Sources:

World Vision (2015) Genetically Modified Food: an answer to food security?http://www.worldvision.com.au/global-issues/work-we-do/famine/genetically-modified-food-an-answer-to-food-security

Zilberman, D (2014) GMOs and Global Food Security  http://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2014/12/18/gmos-and-global-food-security/

Qairn; Kouser (2013) Genetically Modified Crops and Food Security  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3674000/

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