Using Genomics Tools to Tackle Hunger

New York Genome CenterCGSD Director Glenn Denning was recently interviewed by the New York Genome Center on the role of genetic modification to improve crop productivity and resistence, key challenges in addressing global hunger.

“Conventional farming solutions, such as improved water management, better soil fertilization, and higher quality seeds, are most important to boosting yields, he says. But humans have been genetically manipulating crops since we first adopted agriculture, and advanced genetic technology  has already shown promise for further increasing production, Denning says.”

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While genetically-modified seeds are often met with controversy, we cannot overlook the importance of meeting nutritional demands for our growing population. What do you think is the appropriate role of technology in addressing challenges to hunger?

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