Sunday, January 05, 2014

"Food" for Thought

I have a 10-year old granddaughter.  She will be 36 in 2050, and probably will be wondering what to prepare for dinner for her husband and 1.8 kids.  (Or maybe her husband will be the one preparing the meal?)  In that year there will be 9 billion people on the planet - all of whom need to eat every day.  How are we going to feed that many people?  One of the ways is by creating foods, mainly grains, that are disease and pest resistant.  More info So far it hasn't increased yields to any significant degree, but we are in the early days.

But there is another school of thought that claims we can use technology and smarter growing methods to produce enough food for everyone without genetically modifying food.  They also suspect, and not without good reason, that GMO's are just another way of making us all dependent on "big Ag."

Impact on Health

Effect on Environment

Policy Questions

If you are even a little bit interested in environmental issues, you might enjoy this blog: Grist

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