It seems the younger generation tends to be adverse towards the very advances in agricultural sciences that might provide cheap, healthy food for the entire world. Excerpt:
Let’s get this out of the way: genetically modified foods are perfectly safe for human consumption. Study after study, and even a study of those aforementioned studies (how meta) have shown this to be true—the science is very clear on this.
But the modern environmental movement has successfully inflamed fears of unnatural “frankenfoods” in the minds of a wary public. 47 percent of adults aged 18-49 bought food labeled “GMO-free” in the past month, according to a recent Pew Research poll, and 41 percent of adults over the age of 50 followed suit. That’s a huge number of Americans that are being taken in by Luddite fear mongering, but as Pew Research reports, this attitude is especially common in young people:
Younger adults are also more likely to expect GM foods to lead to harm for the population as a whole. Those ages 18 to 29 are more inclined than those 65 and older to say it is very likely that GM foods will lead to health problems for the population (21% vs. 8%). Younger adults also are more likely than those 65 and older to say GM foods will create problems for the environment (25% vs. 9% of seniors).
For a generation that likes to think of itself as “woke,” that will justify the veracity of anthropogenic climate change with a simple “because science” explanation, this is a remarkable repudiation of expert opinion. This is a serious problem, because if we’re to have any hope of feeding the world’s teeming billions on a crowded and warmer planet, we are without doubt going to need genetically modified crops.
Here’s what’s really stupid about the whole thing; humans have been genetically modifying crops for tens of thousands of years. Only the methods have changes.
Take corn, or, as it’s known anywhere other than North America, maize. Maize was bred by ancient farmers in what is today Mexico, from a tall grass called teosinte. Teosinte still grows in central Mexico today, and can still be hybridized with maize. The ‘ears’ of teosinte, while tiny, show a remarkable resemblance to the big, rich ears of modern maize. The ancient Central American farmers who pulled this off were genetically modifying a strain of teosinte through selective breeding.
That’s right, anti-GMO dummies; selective breeding is genetically modifying a population. It’s a kind of directed evolution, which also involves genetic modifications in populations.
GMO crops include such things as blight-resistant wheat, drought-tolerant rice and maize, and fast-maturing fish; the potential is huge. The nitwittery of anti-GMO nutbars deserves only to be ignored.