Biotechnology is future of farming
By Matt Hutton
Daily Review Atlas
Posted May 07, 2010 @ 07:56 PM
ROSEVILLE — By 2050, the United Nations estimates that the world's population will be 9.4 billion. To meet that growing need, economists say that during the next 40 years farmers will need to double their food production — it could take more food in the next 40 years to feed the world than it took in the last 10,000. Farmers say the only way to accomplish this feat is through biotechnology.
Illinois Soybean Association Chairman and Roseville Farmer Ron Moore was a speaker at a biotechnology conference — Heal, Fuel and Feed the World — in Chicago at McCormick Place. He said more than 15,000 people attended the event, which ran from May 3 to 6 with Moore involved in panel discussions May 4 and 5.
Moore said the advancements in biotechnology have drastically changed the agriculture industry in the past decade, especially the seed trade. Corn and soybeans can now be genetically engineered to be herbicide resistant, insect resistant and drought resistant. Read More
The benefits of biotechnology in our food have made a profound difference in our ability to produce more with less. Year after year, food production gets more efficient by combining generations of experience with new technology. We all benefit from a more reliable food supply and the use of less natural resources to grow it. ~ Troy