Hunger is prevalent in
many areas of the world. Many experts
have different ideas to solve today’s hunger problems; one of which is using
current crop production technology such as Genetically Modified Organisms
(GMOs) to ensure farmers obtain maximum yields. The bottom line, regardless of
how it is accomplished, is to generate more food. How will that happen? A common thought is
that GMO commodities must be utilized as a standard tool in the process to
eradicate hunger might be a poor solution.
Is this the only way?
There are many methods
out there to increase crop production that are not as expensive, nor as
politically-motivated as GMO production.
GMOs are just one of the most recent inventions that help our modern-day
farmer meet or exceed his expected yields.
These GMOs are specially designed to be pest-resistant, drought
tolerant, and chemically superior, which all comes with a cost. In order to have all of these traits, the
seed comes at a higher price. These high
costs create too much financial burden on the small growers. This might increase production for some, but
it will cause the small family farms to potentially go out of business. Maybe instead of increasing production with
GMOs, the government could do better research to ensure bad starvation periods are
accurately predicted and prepared for. According
to Indian economist, Amartya Sen, it isn’t the lack of food as a whole, it is
the lack of food for those in need. This
means growing more food would not solve the problem. Once again, many years later it was
discovered that the cost of food was the problem; meaning we are back to the
availability issue and not the issue that stems from the amount of food being
Even though increasing
crop production by use of GMOs may appear to address the world’s hunger
problems, it will cause farmers to change their ways and become more commercialized.
This might results in both positive and negative effects. The overall goal for the GMO industry is to
produce more commodities, food higher in nutrients and higher profits for our
farmers which fall into the benefit category.
The negative impact is affordability for some of these smaller family
operations that just can’t afford to continually purchase seeds year after
year. It may seem logical for those well-off
farmers who have the funds to farm with GMO technology, but overall, basic
farming strategies that allow partnership with other like-industries could be
the answer because the problem really isn’t about hunger; it is about
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