28 Jul '11, 12pm

Biotech Food as a Necessity in a Warming Planet

Biotech Food as a Necessity in a Warming Planet

Climate change is here , folks, and I'm not saying so because it's hot outside. This is a big worry, or at least it should be. But big problems create big business opportunities: A California biotech company called Arcadia Biosciences has set out to help farmers do their part to slow down the process of global warming and adapt to a resource-constrained world -- by developing crop varieties that require less water, tolerate salty conditions and use less nitrogen fertilizer. This photo shows two varieties of rice. On the left is rice engineered for nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) by Arcadia, on the right conventional rice. In laboratory tests, using typical applications of nitrogen fertilizer, the NUE rice, as it's known, is substantially more productive. When you can grow more food using the same inputs of land, water and fertilizer, everyone -- farmers, consumers, hungry pe...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2011/07/28/biotech-food-nece...

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