Feeding the world: Conclusion
Relying on increased yields from genetically engineered crops alone will fall short of meeting the future demand for food. It also diverts attention from more promising opportunities to improve food security. The alternative strategies of smarter resource use, improving the livelihoods of small farmers, reducing food waste and changing diets could double calorie availability and reduce the environmental burden of food production, all without relying on GE foods.
Seed companies and proponents of conventional, industrial agriculture say GE crops hold the key to feeding the world, but the evidence of the past 20 years does not support those claims. The world’s resources would be better spent focusing on strategies shown to actually increase food supplies and reduce the environmental impact of production.