Expert response from Community Manager
Monday, 25/02/2019 18:15
Over the last 20 years, crop biotechnology has significantly reduced agriculture’s environmental impact and stimulated economic growth in the 26 countries where the technology is used, according to this report by PG Economics. Notably, crop biotechnology has helped alleviate poverty for 16.5 million, mostly smallholder farmers in developing countries, allowing them to send their children to school and improving their livelihoods altogether.
Chris Barbey, PhD Student, Plant Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, also explains in this previous response other ways genetic engineering touches on the routine life of billions of people.
“Food, clothes, and medicine are commonly made with the help of genetically engineered organisms. Certain medicines, like insulin, could only be mass-produced this way. Fiber for clothes is made less expensive thanks to GE cotton plants. You also PROBABLY sometimes eat plants with a few engineered genes, depending on where you live. But genetic engineering isn’t just for making new or better things. It’s also one of the best tools for discovering new science, and we owe much of the modern textbooks to what’s been learned using genetic engineering. Let’s focus just on food made with GE.”
Chris goes on to outline how food made with GE crops affects society in three broad categories: farmers, the environment, and consumers.
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