Saturday, December 3, 2016

With genetic manipulation in the future is enough food for all – FAZ – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Corn and other crops must be heat – and drought-resistant, if the earth’s temperature will continue to increase.

humanity is always bigger, there is to eat for many, many years is still enough to Drink? This is at least a possibility that experts from the consulting firm PwC in a projection for the year 2050 is calculated. For this, you must make an effort of the European governments, in their view, but more to create for technological change in agriculture-favourable conditions – a hot iron, because Behind the well-sounding term “technological Innovation” is with regard to agriculture in Europe, the highly controversial use of genetically modified seed.

“Smart” breeding methods, genome editing and genetic modification might be able to, “drought – and heat-resistant Anbaugut and the consequences of global warming to mitigate”, – stated in the PwC analysis. The authors use similar basic assumptions, as established by the world food organization FAO: growth of the world’s population to more than nine billion people by 2050 would mean that food production would have to increase by 70 percent.

the population in developing countries in order to Provides your diet to Western habits, would have to increase the production of meat, eggs and dairy products. For example, PwC announced India Would devour the Indians per capita as many eggs as the Germans, would have to be about 700 million laying hens, just to cover the demand in the South Asian country.

The management consultant to provide four scenarios for feeding the world: The optimistic assessment assumes that despite the growing world population and global warming-thanks to technological progress, and genetically modified seeds, enough food can be produced and the food prices remain low. A prerequisite would be, however, that the liberalisation of world trade progresses, they explain.

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At the other end of the scale, a pessimistic evaluation is contributions: the Technologization of agriculture could not prevent, therefore, that global food production is falling because of global warming. The food supply would be volatile. “Food is expensive and sometimes of poor quality,” take on the PwC Agricultural experts for this case.

The uncertainty would promote tariffs, protectionism, trade restrictions and import. Therefore, the food supply in poorer countries could be nationalized, in other States, “in the hands of a few powerful conglomerates” to fall.


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