I just want to say thank you for one of the best, even-keeled pieces on GE foods I’ve ever read. And I have read a LOT of them over the years.
Dear Mr Ankur Paliwal
Thank you for writing a very balanced article on GM cow-pea. You vividly described the trials and tribulations faced by the poor farmers..There can be perceptible positive changes in their approach only if the leaders in their local community come forward to assist them with all types of support and help. For lasting, consistent progress in such endeavors there must be dedicated voluntary organizations preferably with the support of the governmental agencies.
Will the pests adapt over time to the modification? If so, how long will it take for this to be a serious problem?
Improved yields, reduced pesticide, and better profits for farmers? I hope that quality information gets to those who need it.
People complain that regional and cultural crops aren’t supported by the companies. Then when a crop is developed by the regional folks, people complain about that. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I wonder what the mythical crop looks like that has the best characteristics, with perfect pedigree, and where that has to come from to be acceptable. And if it exists, why isn’t it in farmers’ hands now? I assume it would also fix all the problems of distribution, storage, roads, and other barriers. Because of course it would be expected to carry all the weight.
If only the folks dragging the scientists would spend their time and money on these mythical bounties instead of harassing scientists and science communicators, maybe we’d make progress.
As a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Alliance for Science, I met some great Ghanans who are working to get the best information out to their community. I hope they succeed, and stay safe.
Scientists are doing a great job in telling people benefits of the crops they have developed. But that alone is not going to help. The crop would exist/live in a social system and better efforts need to be made to understand those systems. And it would take not just biotech scientists but governments, farmers and economists and social scientists to work together to make the crop work for farmers it has been designed for. So the weight of the problems is to be shared and nobody is asking the crop to carry all the weight.
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