Agricultural modification, also known as biotechnology or genetic modification, is the process by which crops and livestock are synthetically altered or controlled to produce more yield. As the global population has grown, farmers and livestock ranchers have had to incorporate new techniques and new technologies to sustain the people of the world. It’s a vicious cycle with a positive feedback loop: the more people to feed, the more food to grow; the more food to grow, the more people can be fed.
Unfortunately, experts predict that this cycle may be destabilized and collapse in the coming years. Part of this has to do with the relatively new practice of agricultural modification, or biotechnology. It’s affecting our environment and the world’s ecosystems in a way that simply isn’t sustainable. So, what exactly is happening? How can biotechnology influence the environment? Let’s take a look.
Of course, agricultural modification also has some benefits, such as faster production and increased yield. But we should be careful to practice responsible farming, lest we damage the delicate balance of our ecosystems. Keep an eye on the IES Neptune blog for more articles and information in the future!