Farmers have been trying to grow bigger crops and improve the animals that they rear ever since farming started, writes Nicholas Watts.
Things moved on at a fairly slow pace until scientists became involved and then the pace started to quicken and now the average person has no idea what is involved in breeding crops and animals.
Seeds and plants are brought into laboratories and put under microscopes; one part of a plant is inserted into another plant and now the genes of plants are inserted into plants, the result being that farmers are able to grow genetically modified plants. This new technology has transformed farming in North and South America but somehow the European public, or is it European politicians, just don’t want these GM crops grown in Europe.
The first GM crops had a gene in them that made them resistant to a total weed killer called Glyphosphate, a real godsend to a farmer; the newer ones have insect resistant genes and fungal resistant genes in them. Now it could be blight resistant and bruise resistant potatoes and so it all goes on. The only drawback to the farmer is that he has to buy his seed from an international chemical giant and it is more expensive. I don’t quite know why the general public don’t want these GM crops but as far as I am concerned farmers can easily feed the world so this extra yield will depress the price of our crops and more importantly to me they will hasten the decline of wildlife in the countryside as there will less weeds in our fields for insects which the wildlife lives on.