Yesterday’s blog post summarized a recent talk by Ronald Kleinman, MD: Biotechnology, Nutrition, and Agriculture: A Perspective and Implications for Child Health. Given the prevalence of misinformation on this topic, I am spending the next few days elaborating on this lecture. The full lecture (video and slides) will be available on the Nutrition4Kids website.
- Genetic engineering has not only improved our food supply but has been essential in innovations like vaccines and insulin.
- Biotechnology is ubiquitous. It’s not just crops, but cheese, wine, etc. Biotechnology has led 16,000 fewer children dying each day compared to 1995; this is largely due to biotechnology. Improved food security and less malnutrition results in fewer secondary complications (eg pneumonia, diarrhea).
- Genetic change in foods is as old as agriculture. Lots of vegetables/crops were not found in nature, including corn and wheat. Cross-breeding allowed development of modern corn and wheat.