Gary Rodriguez writes in El Deber:
Biotechnology: can we oppose to it?
According to the FAO more than 800 million people go to bed hungry every day. If this happens with seven billion inhabitants, how would we feed more than nine billion mouths by 2050? Something difficult to achieve with the climate change, the scarcity of land and water, without biotechnology mediating for this purpose.
For the Center for biotechnology of the University of Concepción, Chile, biotechnology is “a multidisciplinary area, employing the biology, chemistry and processes, with great use in agriculture, pharmacy, science, food, forestry and medicine (…) any technological application that uses biological systems, living organisms, or derivatives to make or modify products or processes for specific uses (Convention on biological diversity, Article 2.) Use of terms, United Nations. 1992) “. Points out as advantages of biotechnology: producing more food with fewer resources; reduce losses in harvest by disease or pests and environmental factors; reduce the use of agrochemicals and, thus, reduce environmental and health damages; improve nutrition, introducing vitamins and proteins in foods and reduce allergens and natural toxins; and that has not been shown any risk of a genetically modified organism commercially.
The green ‘biotechnology’ has created products genetically improved Bt corn and soy RR, as well as others resistant to unfavorable weather, pests and diseases, still many countries that opt for this one so developed as U.S., others emerging as Brazil (beans) and even revolutionaries like Cuba (cane, potato, banana, pineapple, coffee, rice).
A recent report from Isaaa, realizes that the global area planted with genetically modified crops is now 100 times greater that in 1996, having contributed “to food security, sustainability and climate change through increased agricultural production, valued at $98,200 million dollars; the environmental benefit of using 473 million kg less of active ingredients in pesticides; the reduction, only in 2011, CO2 emissions in 23 billion kg, equivalent to 10.2 million cars’ emissions on routes; the conservation of biodiversity by preserving 108.7 million hectares of land; and contribute to alleviating poverty by helping more than 15 million low-income farmers…” (www.isaaa.org). with such overwhelming evidence, can we oppose it?
Ever since Malthus explored population expansion and lack of food, humanity has been haunted with deception and misinformation. Even Dan Brown wrote the novel “The Inferno” and all point out to disaster… luckily for those detractors, the innovation and human inventive with the help of God are showing positive results for mankind!