Is Genetic Engineering the Solution to Drought?

by Letters 4 the Damned

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The United Nations has referred to drought as the “world’s costliest natural disaster.” Drought causes 6 to 8 billion dollars in damages annually and has been responsible for 11 million deaths since the start of the twentieth century. It has affected a total of two billion people. However, scientists are finding ways to genetically engineer crops to be drought resistant. This means despite drought conditions, the rural poor can still harvest their crops for sale or food.

Areas that suffer from drought conditions are varied and include sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Australia. Yet, the overall area of land that is affected by drought has doubled over the past three decades according to the National Center of Atmospheric Research in the U.S.

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