One would suspect that, given all the above, I should be the last guy to write in favor of GMO, factory farms, manufacturing meat, and the end of the farmer.
Rather than lump genomics and genetically modified organisms (GMO) into the upcoming chapter where I list technologies that will transform agriculture, I chose to address them here because a topic so controversial and misunderstood warrants extra time to sort through.
Have you ever eaten GMO foods?
Presently, labeling of GMO content isn't a requirement—and since labeling is a complex and controversial issue that has no bearing on my thesis, I will pass it by.
The point is this: GMO crops are everywhere.
Finally, we get to the fourth order of GMO: being able to splice genes from one species into another species, a process known as transgenesis.
In much of Europe, because of deep fear and suspicion of GMO crops, their importation is forbidden.
GMO could make this a crop that Africa could easily use to feed itself, gain food independence, and maybe even export.
For environmentalist organizations like Greenpeace to be against GMO in all its forms under all conditions does nothing at all to serve them or the constituencies they purport to represent.
The possibilities of GMO go far beyond prettier corn or cheaper strawberries.