QWhy do we need GMO's today for agriculture when farmers in the past were able to feed the US without them. The west was plowed under creating the dustbowl but we as a "country" changed farming practices to avoid another dustbowl. So why can't we figure ou

Why do we need GMO's today for agriculture when farmers in the past were able to feed the US without them. The west was plowed under creating the dustbowl but we as a "country" changed farming practices to avoid another dustbowl. So why can't we figure out how to better farming practices to feed the growing population without GMO's ? I know it's a money thing but at what point did we put peoples health before money

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Figuring out how to feed more people with the same land resources while protecting the environment is a global reality. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization predicts that by 2050, we will need to increase food production by 100 percent to have enough to feed the world.

 

Although issues like food waste, distribution and politics play an important role in food deficiencies in the developing world, the truth is that our planet's population is increasing and our farmland is shrinking.  

 

We will need all types of farming to meet this demand. As agriculture production and land resources stay the same or shrink, biotech seeds can be a critical tool in feeding the world, while improving environmental sustainability. Biotech seeds can contribute to a reduction in the amount of land, water and chemicals needed to produce more food.

 

GM seeds can contribute greatly to conservation and environmental stewardship, in particular helping save protected land and keeping soil healthy. Additionally, as seed companies and researchers continue to make new strides in developing GM crops, there are increased opportunities to enhance the nutritional profile of foods that are important in developing countries that need nutrient-rich food. Examples of this include:

 

Posted on March 2, 2017
The term “GMO” typically refers to crops or animals that, through genetic engineering, have had a gene (or a few genes) from a different species inserted into their genome. So yes, by design, to improve a crop or animal with genetic engineering, the genome of the new, GE variety has been changed by the addition of new genes(s).     Your question also asks about whether inserting the new gene(s) will “…activate genes…” Some traits in... Read More
Posted on August 15, 2017
No! However, poor nutrition coupled with highly processed foods and a lack of education regarding healthy eating is bad for our kids. As a mother and farmer, I believe the best way to keep my family safe and healthy is to make sure they eat a balanced diet and make good food choices daily. Fresh, healthy ingredients and minimally processed foods that are low in sugar, salt, calories and cholesterol provide kids with the best opportunity for a healthy diet. Agricultural biotechnology... Read More
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Posted on August 15, 2017
GMO crops are not "banned" in any countries around the world in the normal sense of that word. Usually when something is banned for consumption, etc., it is because some problem emerged that needed a response. The history of regulation for biotech crops is quite different in that there were regulatory approval processes developed long before any such crops were commercialized. The goal was to try to anticipate any potential health or environmental issues and to make... Read More
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