Commentary: Brother billionaires
That’s important, because so far, activists have been able to advance a fairly compelling argument that biotech has been deployed solely to fatten the coffers of agri-business. If this Mexican initiative succeeds in producing GM varieties of wheat and corn that demonstrate bona fide improvements in yield, that argument will be quashed once and for all.
And that would be a good thing, seeing as how even with billionaires funding the cause, the odds of global agriculture successfully feeding another three or four billion people by mid-century remain awfully long. Lowering those odds will take a lot more than big bucks to move the needle.
The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Dan Murphy, a veteran food-industry journalist and commentator.