Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are a big answer to the problem of world hunger. GMOs reflect controlled, scientific processes used in biotechnology that manage nature in a safer and more intentional way than ever before.
As stated on the USDA's webpage, "USDA supports the safe and appropriate use of science and technology, including biotechnology, to help meet agricultural challenges and consumer needs of the 21st century."
I'll be writing more details about the uniqueness of GMOs in the next blog post on Thursday as I continue to develop the mission of Connecting City to Farm. You may be happily surprised to learn about the safety & sustainability of GMOs. I was!
But first, I want you to hear from Sam Whitaker who you recently met on a video about cover crops. Because of the science behind GMOs, farmers like Sam are now able to use natural resources so much more efficiently, and it looks like feeding the 9.5 billion people who will be on the earth by 2050 could be an attainable goal. We'll be hearing from several other farmers who also grow and harvest GMOs in the next few days.
In today's clip, Sam will tell us about the history of Bt Cotton, which was one of the first commercial crops to be genetically modified. It's terrific! Listen closely as Sam explains where else the protein Bt is being used.