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Global population growth used to justify GMO technology
November 12th, 2010
The world’s population is forecast to grow to about 9 billion in 2050 from 6.9 billion now. Not surprisingly, population growth is frequently used by GMO proponents to justify and promote gene altering technology.
A recent Reuters opinion piece suggests the need for organic agricultural adherents to look more seriously at sound, sustainable ecological approaches which make minimal use of inorganic fertilizers, industrial pesticides and GM.
Given the demands inorganic fertilizers place upon the world’s dwindling supplies of natural gas, which is used to make inorganic nitrogen, and of mined phosphorus, combined with the ever-increasing reliance GMO technology places upon proprietary pesticide and herbicide application and organic agriculture starts to look like the best – and most sustainable – option available.
Keywords: GMO, population, inorganic fertilizer,
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