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Feeding 10 Billion People Will Require Genetically Modified Food

July 17, 2019, 1:52 PM

Genetic modification appears likely to be an important tool to feed the planet’s growing population.

To feed 10 billion people by 2050, in a world beset by rising temperatures and scarcer water supplies, people will need to dramatically change the way they produce food. Increased public investment in technologies like genetic engineering is a vital piece of that, according to a report published Wednesday by the World Resources Institute.

Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Not only must crops be more productive, but the agricultural challenges of climate change—including disease, pests and periods of both drought and flooding—mean they must be more resilient as well. ...

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