by Kyle Harman, Sustainable Plant Systems major
Traditional agriculture can only feed the world for so long. The world’s population is constantly exponentially growing. This means that as more people are born more people will be able to have offspring creating faster and faster growth to each new billion. These people require many resources for life. I want to focus on two that I feel are the most important, housing and food.
Conventional housing requires space and access to land that is able to be developed. Agricultural plots allow for great access to large amounts of typically flat land. The downside of this practice is that land once in production for crops has now been taken out of the cycle. Less agricultural acreage is available yet the population continues to grow
Today’s crops require more efficiency then crops of the past. Crops must be able to be more tolerant, sustainable, and produce higher yields. A specific example would be corn that once would be considered exceptional at 150 bushels/acre now being pushed to near 300 bushels/acre.
Struggles still exist for food security in our world but going organic is not the answer. Organic food spoils quicker, produces less yield, and costs more to produce. Genetically modified crops are the answer to limit starvation and struggles for food insecurity. As a global community, acceptance of the GMO’s allows for our sustainability.
This blog post was an assignment for Societal Issues: Pesticides, Alternatives and the Environment (PLNTPTH 4597). The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the class, Department of Plant Pathology or the instructor.