As both global population and disposable income are expected to increase in the near future more efficient use of natural resources is necessary to deliver dietary needs and wants while limiting the impact of agricultural production on the environment. The ability of genetic improvement techniques, like genetically modified organisms (GMOs), to provide such innovation cannot be trivialized. Moreover, innovation in agricultural production is necessary to aid in combatting the negative effects of climate change and new pest and disease pressures that result from trade between geographical regions. The objective of this paper is to communicate the benefits of GMOs and the potential cost to society if the technology were removed from the marketplace. The authors blend results from academic research, public agencies, and statements from non-profit and scientific organizations to highlight the positive effects of GMO adoption.
This paper is dedicated to the memory of Wallace E. Tyner and Wallace E. Huffman; two scholars who made rich contributions to this area of study.
Stuart J. Smyth
Wallace E. Tyner
Alison Van Eenennaam
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