Genetically modified rice crucial in drought battle
MANILA, July 22, 2009 (AFP) - Genetic modification may be the only viable way to produce sufficient quantities of rice in the future as drought, climate change, and dwindling acreage impact yields, experts said in a new report.
Rice is the staple food of around three billion people and the main challenge facing producers is how to raise yields of the water-dependent crop as 70 percent of the world's food-growing areas turn increasingly parched, said the International Rice Research Institute in its latest quarterly magazine.
Biotechnology, the process of modifying the genes of an organism to produce new products, is becoming an increasingly important tool for the Philippines-based institute as it tackles the impact of climate change, IRRI said in its "Rice Today" publication.
Seems genetic modification is thought to be okay here in the Philippines? I must be eating this stuff can't see any side effects other than this third eye, lol
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