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 @ 8:50pm

    It's unfortunate

    The sad part is that the anti-GMO side of the debate seems to be concentrating on perceived safety issues. When can we talk about the economic and social justice issue of the world's food supply being patented?


    it's not about safety or patents, the real value in seeds is the genetic diversity. It's the old seems, and the seems that farmers have selected after a successful crop, with seeds that are able to withstand a wide variety of conditions, floods, salt, frost, dry periods and so on and still produce a viable crop.

    GM plants cannot cope with conditions like that, they will ALL live or ALL DIE if something goes not perfectly.

    Those old seeds and the 'wild' varieties are worth their weight in gold (or more), GM seeds are worthless in adverse conditions.

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