You’ve probably heard of the debate over Genetically Modified Foods (GMO’s), especially if you are in areas where legislation has been introduced that force a food manufacturer to label any foods that contain GMO’s. We won’t get into that debate here, as Google can provide you with weeks worth of information on both sides.
However, in countries where extreme poverty and hunger are a very real and prevalent issue, GMO’s are providing some life-saving benefits that traditional agriculture isn’t able to. Our population is booming with an estimated population of nearly 10 billion people by 2050. In regions where extreme weather swings can devastate crop yields, or prevent any from growing at all, Biotech companies are developing agricultural innovations that can change the tide in the growing global hunger issue.
For instance, the Golden Rice Project is a genetically modified rice that delivers Vitamin A to populations who don’t typically receive food with that nutritional quality. The founders of the project (who you can read about here) have modified a grain to deliver an essential vitamin that will save countless children from blindness; a common result of Vitamin A deficiency. This type of “biofortification” is one example of using Biotech science to supplement a staple food to provide more nutrition to a population that desperately needs it.
In some places, getting crops to grow at all can be the biggest struggle.  Biotech companies are creating seeds that require less water and are more resilient to pests and disease, increasing the yields of crops which in turn increases income for farmers who are most economically at risk. The International Service for Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications reports that 18 million farmers planted 448 million acres biotech crops in 2014 — and 94% of those farmers were in poor or developing nations.
It’s exciting to see the real-world impact of Biotech careers, especially when the results are this dramatic. Talentburst is proud to serve as a leader in the Biotech recruiting space. If you are interested in taking your career in new directions, check out our Biotech Jobs here.
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