CANADA – TIME TO RE-THINK GM WHEAT?
Source: AgWeb – 09 January 2022
It’s safe. It would help farmers deal with drought, support biodiversity, protect the environment and decrease a farms carbon footprint. It would help consumers cope with inflation and pay their food bills.
So why aren’t we growing genetically modified wheat?
We’re asking this question again because of the news from South America late last year that Brazil will accept the importation of genetically modified wheat flour from Argentina…
In the case of [this GM] HB4 wheat, scientists have developed a seed technology that is drought tolerant. Field trials have shown that when this technology is partnered with regenerative soil practices like no-till, the carbon footprint for this crop decreases while yields are protected when water is limited.
Droughts are a growing threat in my region as Canada, along with much of the world, is experiencing unpredictable extreme weather events…
Genetically modified wheat would help farmers like me contend with problems such as this.