The famine across the Horn of Africa is heartbreaking. Hundreds of thousands of children are facing death due to starvation. For now we can donate food and aid, hoping it makes the long and arduous journey to those most in need. This famine is a devastating tragedy that we all knew was coming and have yet to fully comprehend.
It’s also a reminder that we must invest in the transgenic technology to improve agriculture. The human population may top 10 billion by 2100 and regardless of whether you are comfortable with genetically modified plants, you’re likely consuming them already. More than 2.5 billion acres have been planted with genetically modified seeds by over than 15 million farmers in 29 countries. Although the majority of these crops are designed to be herbicide- or pest-resistant, they can also be engineered to grow without fertilizer which saves energy and cost. They can also be modified to survive on very little water.
While transgenic agriculture has mostly been limited to multinational companies that have the money and legal clout to gain approval, the greatest humanitarian benefit will be achieved through collaborative partnerships between public and private organizations. Greater detail about what must be accomplished at Bloomberg.