BIO 2014: Food & Agriculture Programs

 

 


 Food & Agriculture Programs at BIO 2014

 

 

Complex Ecosystems: The Growing Demand for Food, Impacts on the Environment and Opportunities for Biotechnology Innovations

 9:45 AM–10:45 AM Jun 24, Tuesday

 Exhibit Hall AG Biotech - BIO's Food & Ag Pavilion

 

Booth #5806 in the BIO Exhibition

Complex Ecosystems: The Growing Demand for Food, Impacts on the Environment and Opportunities for Biotechnology Innovations 
Tuesday, June 24, 9:45 am – 10:45 am 
It’s often cited that the demand for food is likely to double by 2050. In order to preserve forests, pasturelands and diverse ecosystems, we must rely on modern technologies, including genetically modified organisms, in order to increase crop yields using the same of amount of land. Panelists in this session will discuss opportunities for innovative biotechnology solutions, including efforts to slow, halt or reverse deforestation via multidimensional solutions, as well as discuss additional challenges from negative public perceptions of GMOs to regulatory pressures.

Description

Session ID: 2826

It’s often cited that the demand for food is likely to double by 2050 , not only due to population growth, but also increased protein demand as quality of life and incomes continue to improve in developing countries.  For example, meat consumption in China rose from 9lbs per person in 1961 to 128lbs per person in 2009.  Without improvements in agricultural productivity, the amount of cultivated arable land will double from the current 40% to 80%.  In order to preserve forests, pasturelands and diverse ecosystems, we must rely on modern technologies, including genetically modified organisms, in order to increase crop yields using the same of amount of land.

Agricultural biotechnology can help solve the food vs. environment dilemma, increasing production while reducing farming’s environmental impact.  Panelists in this session will discuss opportunities for innovative biotechnology solutions, including efforts to slow, halt or reverse deforestation via multidimensional solutions using elite tree varieties, and recent advances in manipulating plant membrane transporters to enhance yields of staple crops, increase nutrient content and improve resistance to key stresses, such as salinity.  Additional challenges from negative public perceptions of GMOs and regulatory pressures will also be addressed.

 

  

 

 

 

 


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