The Australian: Modified cotton to be edible.
They believe environmentalists would find it hard to object to a crop with the potential to reduce world hunger.
Right. So they’ve genetically modified the cotton plant – one of the most water-intensive crops on the planet that by some reports is responsible for 11% of the world’s pesticide use (more), so that the world’s poor can eat it.
Apparently that should be enough for “environmentalists” to get over their aversion to GM crops.
A comparison of water use of various crops (you’ll have to scroll down the page) shows that cotton uses more water than corn and wheat. I can’t seem to find a similar comparison of pesticide use for various food crops, but I suspect the trend would be the same.
Mebbe we should be focusing on better food crops than GM cotton?