How Biotechnology Has Helped Food Sustainability

Biotechnology is not a new word in the world. Though a word that attracts different reactions from different people depending on which part of the world you reside. In Africa for instance, biotechnology is a concept that is still relatively new and not very common with the citizens. In the United States, however, biotechnology has come to stay and is embraced by the people. 
In most advanced countries of the world, their governments and farmers have taken advantage of biotechnology to improve the quality and quantity of food they produce. They have also used it to ensure food security in their countries. While in most African countries, the awareness is very poor among the citizens.
Let’s give you an overview of how biotechnology has helped in improving food sustainability.

  • Improved crop yield: Biotechnology has helped in the area of improved crop yield which led to an increase of crop harvest. An increase in crop harvest will translate to an increase in the quantity of food available for consumption. It is an evident fact that countries that have accepted biotechnology have better food sustainability rate than countries that are yet to adopt the practice.
  • Reduction in climate change activities: Biotechnology has helped in food sustainability through a great decrease in the activities that create climate change. The volume of food cultivated in a piece of land through biotechnology is far higher than what can be produced in the same piece of land using the old conventional means. This has helped in reducing the volume of land needed for agricultural cultivation and thereby saving the natural habitat.
  • Improved income: The improvement in food sustainability has significantly caused an increase in the level of revenues of both small and large-scale farmers. The improvement in food sustainability has help farmers to grow surplus food than they can consume thereby giving rise to the need to sell some of the produced food for extra income.
  • Reduction in global rate of hunger: There has been a considerable decrease in the rate of hunger globally now compared to some years ago. Biotechnology is greatly responsible for this. Farmers have now been helped to grow more food on the same land than they use to cultivate some years back before the introduction of biotechnology in agriculture. The result of this has helped to make food sustainability possible in many nations of the world and a resultant eradication of hunger in most advanced countries of the world.
  • Improvement in the production of healthy foods: Bio foods are foods produced without the use of chemicals. It makes the food produced through biotechnology to be more healthy and free of any form of chemicals that could be harmful to human health. It is then proper to say that biotechnology has helped food sustainability by ensuring that people now consume more healthy foods than they used to eat.

Bottom Line
Biotechnology has come to change a lot about how food is grown. It has helped in ensuring more food sustainability for many nations. In as much as it is still relatively new in some countries of the world, it is, however, fast gaining acceptance and will in the no distant future make food security something that all nations can conveniently achieve.
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