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Viewpoint: Why GMOs? 1950s farming technology cannot feed the world in 2050

| August 9, 2019

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Up and down the aisles of the grocery store, there are an overwhelming number of packages that are labeled with “non-GMO.” Enough so that it makes you start feeling that you must seek out those labels to ensure the health of your family. However, when you sit down to think about it, do you even know what a “GMO” is? Or even more, what it means?

So what is a GMO?

Genetically Modified Organism.

Genetic – something that has genes (genes are DNA…everything)

Modify – change or tweak

Organism – living things (plant, animal, bacteria)

The basics: taking a desired trait, such as the ability to tolerate drought from another plant, for example, and transferring it into a crop plant.

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Why? Well, the simple answer is…necessity.

We cannot feed the world in 2050 with agriculture technology from 1950.

GMOs are better for the environment. I will say that again BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT….They use less land, fewer natural resources, less chemical application and in some cases, such as the papaya, wouldn’t exist otherwise.

Farmers and ranchers everyday are trying to think of ways to do their jobs with less land and fewer natural resources….Why? Because only 2% of our population farms and ranches in 2018, and they are trying to keep up with the food demands of 7 billion people….In 2050 there will be more than 9 billion people to feed.

Read full, original article: OMG, Not GMOs!

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