An increasingly extreme climate is presenting new challenges to farmers across the world, and biotechnology and greater collaboration will be two key ways of addressing them, a group of farmers from four continents said during an international roundtable.
"GE (genetic engineering) technology has a positive role to play in fighting climate change," said
But other experts say genetically modified crops are not universally regarded as a vital tool in farmers' fight against climate change, and that more sustainable methods of farming and traditional breeding may be just as or more effective.
RESILIENCE TO CHANGING WEATHER
Changing weather patterns are a particular concern for farmers around the world. As the Earth warms, climates all over the world are changing and rainfall, in particular, is becoming more erratic.
But he attributes his crop's survival to his use genetically modified Bt corn that resist insects.
Arap Bor, the Kenyan farmer, sees genetically modified crops as a way to increase efficiency, which he said is especially important in
"It's basically an agricultural country, although only 20 percent of the country is arable. Therefore, we are very frequently food insecure," he said. As such, farmers need to do all they can to get the most out of the land they have, he said.
LIMITED PROGRESS WITH BIOTECH
But many people don't consider genetically modified crops a vital tool in farmers' efforts to adapt to climate change.
"The real answers to these problems are sustainable farming and advances in breeding," he said.
In a 2009 report for the
He thinks scientists should focus on improving conventional farming methods, which he says have been shown to work better than biotechnology.
"What we eat now has nothing to do with what our ancestors ate," Cruz said.
He tries to get farmers to get out of the mindset of planting only enough to feed themselves and, and hopes to persuade them to instead organize and begin treating their farms more like a business. He hopes this will encourage farmers to share ideas with each other and discuss how to handle the changing climate.
Del Solar, of
"The most guarded secret of farmers in
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