Cotton as a food crop

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?