Team 2 (University of Idaho, faculty advisor - Mark Schwarzlaender), Topic 1: What is the best individual solution to feeding the world's growing population?
To address this problem of unprecedented magnitude, we argue that the immediate implementation and further development of genetically modified (GM) crops as a basis for integrated pest management (IPM) strategies, especially in the developing world, will offer the single most promising approach to feeding the world’s growing population. Genetic modification of crops can enhance yield through resistance against many insect pests and pathogens. Genetic modification can also increase tolerance to herbicides, drought, flooding, and altered growing cycles and temperature fluctuations due to climate change. Additionally, when GM crops are implemented within a locally adapted IPM context, beneficial synergistic effects are expected.
Genetic modification of crops is a fast evolving technology that already offers extraordinary opportunities to increase food production and improve food quality. We conclude that promoting the acceptance and implementation of respective crops in combination with accelerated research offers the most promising approach to diminishing world hunger and feeding a growing world population.