The genetic revolution being ushered in by gene-editing promises to markedly improve our crops by making them resistant to drought, disease and insects, and by enhancing their nutritional content.
At first blush, it might appear that foods engineered to address some of our nagging health issues would be widely embraced. Not so for the organizations that have demonized other GM crops as “unnatural” and potentially dangerous to human and animal health and the environment.
Many of those groups are now turning their attention to newer crop breeding techniques.
If they succeed we all stand to lose, as farm productivity will be restrained, with crops that can resist disease and the effects of climate change never making it to market. Eventually, the lost opportunities could lead to higher food costs.
This opposition stands in sharp contrast to the consensus of the scientific community which has welcomed the development of new breeding tools. Scientists have largely argued there is no reason to be concerned about their use because they pose no danger to human and animal health and the environment.