DailyDirt: Frankenfoods Are Going To Kill Us All! Or End World Hunger. Whichevers.

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As the human population grows, we'll need to produce more food in the next 40 years than has ever been produced by agriculture over the last 8,000 years. Advances in biotechnology will enable us to do this, but genetically modified organisms (GMOs) aren't always beneficial. We'll need to look more closely at the safety of GMOs and the unintended consequences of genetic engineering, but some time in the future, the world will need to accept some amount of frankenfood to maintain our food supply. Here are just a few informative links on the topic of genetically modified foods. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

Filed Under: agriculture, biotech, breeding, farming, food, frankenfood, genetic engineering, gmo


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    Anonymous Coward, 26 Jul 2013 @ 8:42pm

    GMO foods have a massive disadvantage, it only takes one frost, or not enough rain and you lose your entire crop, as with no genetic diversity there is not the variation to withstand non-ideal conditions.

    Lots of people in third world countries have starved because they used GM crops, that failed.

    They have reverted back to their genetically varied local species, that when you get a drought or a frost, you only lose SOME of your harvest, you still have enough to live on.

    There is a point, (already probably reached) where the human population simply cannot be supported by the planets food supply.

    And NO amount of GM foods is going to fix that.

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