Impact of GM Crops on Soil Health (Pocket K No.57)

Impact of GM Crops on Soil Health

A healthy agricultural production system cannot exist without healthy soils. Aside from being the habitat of diverse organisms that contribute to carbon sequestration, the soil plays a vital role in food production as well as in climate change mitigation.

Majority of the carbon dioxide present in the atmosphere are contributed by various biological processes that take place in the soil. Carbon sequestration happens when carbon from the atmosphere is absorbed and stored in the soil. This process is vital because the more carbon is stored in the soil, the less carbon dioxide would be present in the atmosphere that contributes to climate change. Thus, restoring degraded soils and adopting soil conservation practices are important to decrease greenhouse gases emitted by agriculture.

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Adoption and Uptake Pathways of Biotech Crops by Small-scale Farmers in China, India, and the Philippines (Pocket K No.49)

Biotech or genetically modified (GM) crops have been offered as a modern crop development alternative to address the onslaught of pests and diseases, the vagaries of weather and other challenges to growing crops. Contrary to the notion that only farmers from developed countries are reaping the gains of modern biotechnology about 85% of these farmers are small landholders in the developing countries of China, India, and the Philippines.

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Biotech/GM Trees (Pocket K No. 50)

Trees provide man’s basic needs for food, fuel, and shelter and many other uses in industry and pharmaceuticals. They can be found naturally in forests or cultivated together with other plants. With the current attention on climate change and global warming, preservation and care for trees has become a global interest. This is because trees are known to effectively and efficiently sequester CO2 and other greenhouse gases found in the atmosphere and slow down the rate of global warming.

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Coexistence of Biotech and Non-biotech Crops (Pocket K No. 51)

The United States Department of Agriculture has defined coexistence as simultaneous planting of conventional, organic, identity preserved, and genetically engineered (GE) or biotech crops in contiguous location, in line with consumer preferences and farmer choices. Conventional crops are produced from non-GE crop varieties and do not follow the standards for cultivation of organic produce. Organic crops are planted based on national organic regulations. Identity preserved (IP) crops has assured quality that is the same with the breeding stock. GE crops are produced using seeds developed through modern biotechnology techniques. Thus, coexistence gives the farmers freedom to choose the best production system and get the most value out of these choices.

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Marine Biotechnology (Pocket K No. 52)

Life started in the sea. The earth’s surface is mostly ocean, which has the most ancient
and most diverse forms of life. Thus, the marine environment is the treasure throve of
biological and chemical diversity among all types of ecosystems. It has a wide variety
of living organisms, from bacteria to eukaryotes, as well as unique chemical
compounds which are of great importance to medicine, nutrition, cosmetics,
agriculture, and other industries. Biotechnological applications can be used to harness
the potential of the marine environment for human benefit and fundamental biological
progress..

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(Pocket K No.53) Anti-Allergy Biotech Crops

The human body has an immune system that naturally combats dangers to good
health such as infection and allergy. According to Food Allergy Information, 1 to 5%
of the global population has exhibited allergy to food.1
About 90% of allergic reactions are caused by eight types of food: eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, fish,
shellfish, wheat, and soy. These foods may cause mild to severe reactions such as
rashes, stomach upset, breathing and swallowing problems, and dizziness. The whole
body can be at risk especially during anaphylaxis the most severe allergic reaction.2
Allergy is a serious condition, and thus introduction of novel food products such as
GM food are carefully studied.

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Biotech Rice (Pocket K No.37)

Rice is the staple food of the two billion people living in Asia and Africa, providing 40 to 70% of the total food calories. The past green revolution over three decades ago has provided enough food and livelihood which averted the looming hunger and famine then. With the imminent doubling of the world population in 2050, world food production should be increased by 50% especially the cereal staples.

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Biotech Rice (Pocket K No.37)

Rice is the staple food of the two billion people living in Asia and Africa, providing 40 to 70% of the total food calories. The past green revolution over three decades ago has provided enough food and livelihood which averted the looming hunger and famine then. With the imminent doubling of the world population in 2050, world food production should be increased by 50% especially the cereal staples.

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Biotech Rice (Pocket K No.37)

Rice is the staple food of the two billion people living in Asia and Africa, providing 40 to 70% of the total food calories. The past green revolution over three decades ago has provided enough food and livelihood which averted the looming hunger and famine then. With the imminent doubling of the world population in 2050, world food production should be increased by 50% especially the cereal staples.

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Biotech Rice (Pocket K No.37)

Rice is the staple food of the two billion people living in Asia and Africa, providing 40 to 70% of the total food calories. The past green revolution over three decades ago has provided enough food and livelihood which averted the looming hunger and famine then. With the imminent doubling of the world population in 2050, world food production should be increased by 50% especially the cereal staples.

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Biotech Rice (Pocket K No.37)

Rice is the staple food of the two billion people living in Asia and Africa, providing 40 to 70% of the total food calories. The past green revolution over three decades ago has provided enough food and livelihood which averted the looming hunger and famine then. With the imminent doubling of the world population in 2050, world food production should be increased by 50% especially the cereal staples.

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Biotech Rice (Pocket K No.37)

Rice is the staple food of the two billion people living in Asia and Africa, providing 40 to 70% of the total food calories. The past green revolution over three decades ago has provided enough food and livelihood which averted the looming hunger and famine then. With the imminent doubling of the world population in 2050, world food production should be increased by 50% especially the cereal staples.

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