This week in ag biotech … McKinsey & Co. reports on the potential growth of the biofuels industry and scientist and World Food Prize recipient Monty Jones weighs in on agricultural development in Africa
McKinsey & Co. released a report that communicates a positive outlook for the future of biofuels, while Sierra Leonean scientist and recipient of the 2004 World Food Prize, Monty Jones, called for more awareness among individuals about genetic engineering and the benefits it can bring to Africa.
State Deparment official Dr. Nina Fedoroff discusses the advantages of genetically modified crops
Fora.tv featured a lecture by Dr. Nina Fedoroff, Science and Technology Adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State, titled “Genetically Modified Crops: Monsters or Miracles?” In the lecture Dr. Fedoroff discusses the role that GM foods can play in food security as the population rises to 9 billion. She also addresses the promise of Golden Rice, rice engineered to help the body produce Vitamin A so children do not die or go blind from Vitamin A deficiency, a common problem in the developing world.
Over the next ten years, the biofuels industry will experience growth, according to a report by McKinsey & Co. In the report, Sustainable Biofuels Growth: Hurdles and Outcomes, 60% of respondents surveyed say that bio-substitutes for gas will be the primary alternative to fossil fuels.
ISAAA shares the remarkable success of biotech cotton in India
In their July 2010 profile on India’s Bt cotton, Bt Cotton in India: A Country Profile, Bhagirath Choudhary and Kadambini Gaur of ISAAA report on the benefits of biotech cotton in India, as well as its positive reception among farmers in India. According to the profile, the adoption rate and the number of farmers using Bt cotton hybrids in India in 2009 increased substantially for the eighth consecutive year.
Better education on GM crops needed, according to Sierra Leonean scientist Monty Jones
In an interview with the Africa Report, Monty Jones, a scientist from Sierra Leone who received the 2004 World Food Prize for his success in creating the New Rice for Africa (NERICA), says that the freedom to choose what one eats should remain intact. He adds “I do not believe that you should see people dying of hunger for a problem that could be solved if you go through genetic engineering.”