Monsanto Plans to Boost Food Supply
Monsanto is here to alleviate your fears, by doubling your yield of proprietary staple crops.
Yes, thanks to Monsanto the future will bright, safe, friendly and genetically modified to be extra delicious!
Monsanto, the leader in agricultural biotechnology, pledged Wednesday to develop seeds that would double the yields of corn, soybeans and cotton by 2030 and would require 30 percent less water, land and energy to grow.
The announcement, coming as world leaders are meeting in Rome to discuss rising food prices and growing food shortages, appears to be aimed at least in part at winning acceptance of genetically modified crops by showing that they can play a major role in feeding the world.
Much of what is in the commitment are things the company was doing anyway, though it now becomes a formal goal.
Monsanto said it had developed its new commitment after consulting farmers, political leaders, academics and advocacy groups as to what needed to be done to increase food production to cope with a rising population and the demand for biofuels without converting more forests into farmland.
“In short, the world needs to produce more while conserving more,” the company’s chief executive, Hugh Grant, said in a statement.
How much genetic engineering, which involves adding bacterial or other foreign genes to the DNA of plants, could contribute to improving output is a matter of debate.