Monsanto’s Robert Fraley: How gene editing and data science can help meet global food needs sustainably

| | July 25, 2017
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[Editor’s Note: Robert Fraley is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Monsanto.]

I was humbled to be the first representative of private industry invited to share my thoughts on how to meet “the greatest challenge mankind has ever faced”…. How will we feed a population of nearly 10 billion people by 2050, while facing increasing land and water constraints and the uncertain effects of climate change – which can include shifts in rainfall patterns and planting zones, and increases in insect and disease pressure?

By using new tools and technologies that help farmers grow more on each acre – like biotechnology, gene editing, and data science – we can meet production goals and convert more land to grassland and forests.

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Robert Fraley

Every one of us has the power to help move the needle on communications – even more so if you fall into one of the “key influencer” categories – so I urge you to use your voice to drive constructive online dialogue around ag and food. Get online and engage in channels where you will be heard. Remember – the conversation about ag and food production is going to happen with or without us. As a collective group, we really only have one choice to make: to participate or to let those who oppose science do all the talking.

If you’d like to learn more, you can read the full version of the lecture. The video is available to watch on the AAAS website.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: Better Communication is Essential to the Future of Agriculture…and the Planet

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