Monday, February 27, 2012

Dr. Roger Beachy Biotech’s papa

A Conversation With Roger Beachy, President Emeritus of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. Biotech’s papa. BY JEANNETTE COOPERMAN, March 2012. Click here to read a great article.
In 100 years, how will people look back on the past quarter-century?
As a key step to global food security and sustainable intensification of agriculture. Some people think agriculture, to be sustainable, has to be small. It can’t be small and feed 10 billion people. Genetically enhanced crops are helping to build soil quality while increasing yields. Virus-resistant cassava, a subsistence crop, is being field-trialed in Uganda, Nigeria, and Kenya. If we are successful, their food security will have been helped by the Danforth Center.