The developing world has surpassed the developed world in the use of productivity-boosting genetically modified crops. The Financial Times reports that 2012 was the first year in which more than half of the world’s GMO crop areas were in developing countries.
Even Cuba and Sudan are getting in on the act. Better news yet, countries like Brazil aren’t just passively buying GMO seed and know-how from first world multinationals; developing world scientists are making their own. And maybe the best news of all: in addition to making crops resistant to insects, current research offers hope of drought-resistant crops.
The 21st century is likely to be profoundly changed by GMO crops. We could see everything from engineered crops that produce pharmaceuticals to ones that efficiently use the sun’s energy so that corn-based ethanol is something other than a grotesque boondoggle.
Europe meanwhile, led by its greens, continues to turn its back on scientific advances that can feed the world, help us adjust to climate change, and help harmonize human civilization with the natural order on which we all depend. No surprises there.
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