Agrochemical companies have long developed seeds designed to thrive in particular local conditions – Copyright AFP Tobias SCHWARZ
As a changing climate intensifies extreme weather, agricultural multinationals are hyping the ability of genetically modified crops to boost yields when facing drought, heat or even heavy rainfall.
But skeptics of engineered foods, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs), still aren’t buying it.
“I don’t see why we should evolve our views when they’re still doing the same things,” said Bill Freese, science director at the non-profit Center for Food Safety, criticizing the “dramatically increased toxic herbicide use” following the proliferation of GMOs.
Seeds designed to thrive in specific local conditions have been developed for centuries through conventional breeding, by crossing together plants with relevant characteristics and selecting the desired offspring.
But as more severe weather creates hostile growing conditions for c