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Opinion: GMOs could help address world hunger—if ag giants focused on people, not profit

| | August 2, 2017

[Transgenic crops] combine genetic material obtained through the most modern biotechnology. This…technology allows plant breeders to bring useful genes together and combine them into one plant.Genetically modifying technology is a much faster way to help build resistance to diseases and pests or drought and waterlogging. It provides reinforcement for crops while also increasing their nutritional value. This ultimately yields better quality food and nutrients as well as more overall crop.

A new method for hybrid breeding has made biologists and geneticists confident that they can launch a Green Revolution. The CRISPR-Cas9 is a tool allowing scientists to zero in on one single gene, turning it on or off. They can also remove and replace genes more efficiently than ever before with CRISPR-Cas9.

The truth is that biotechnology is a viable solution to hunger, but it is being wrongfully exploited by companies like Monsanto.

The exploitation has been used to improve large-scale cash crops like cotton and soy, but little investments have been placed in crops like millet and cassava, which have greater impacts on poorer nations…There must be a method devised allowing biotechnology to be focused on in poorer regions, with both political and social support, in order to solve problems of hunger.

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