As the earth warms and its population rises there is an urgent need for technical solutions to tackle both. Fortunately, biotechnological improvements in plant and agricultural techniques can help, both in improving crop yield and helping to mitigate CO2 and CH4 emissions.
The main problem is the non-scientific disdain afforded GMOs, by the so-called “green” movements. 160 Nobel Laureates have all expressed their support for GMO crops and the overwhelming scientific evidence says they are safe. I will present examples of both current and potential improvements that are within reach. One thing is very clear. Europe will need these improved crops and the political influence of non-scientists needs to cease, if the whole world is to benefit from biotechnology in the way they benefitted from its application to vaccine production during the COVID-19 crisis.