Mistrust of businesses is at the core of many people’s fear about GM (and if we’re honest, much of this is directed at Monsanto). This of course spills over into mistrust of academic scientists, especially those who are funded by industry or collaborate with industry. Continue reading
The figures vary, but predictions about how much food we will need to produce in the future show an increase. This is largely due to population growth and changing diets. We won’t just have more people to feed, we will have more middle class people to feed. People tend to eat more meat and dairy products when they have more money at their disposal. If we feed crops to cows not people, we need to grow more crops.
But what happens if food production doesn’t increase? Do wealthy people have to go without meat, or do poorer people have to go without food? Continue reading
Today I came across an interesting news story about high-yielding wheat. The second sentence of the article pulled me up:
“The new plant application… could help to solve the issue of increasing food insecurity across the globe; 795 million people are undernourished and this year’s El Nino has shown how vulnerable many countries are to climate-induced drought.” Continue reading