Plant genetics, ecologically based farming and the future of food

from Health Economics at on June 29, 2017 at 01:25AM


For 10,000 years, we have altered the genetic makeup of our crops. Conventional approaches are often quite crude, resulting in new varieties through a combination of trial and error, and without knowledge of the precise function of the genes that are being transferred. Such methods include grafting or forced pollinations between different species, as well as radiation or chemical treatments that induce random mutations in the seed. Today, virtually everything we eat is produced from seeds that have been genetically altered in one way or another.

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