If GM foods are used to make foods appear fresher for longer it may not address issues of nutrition or food shortages, as micronutrient content may decrease in long shelf life food, while GMO foods place a greater demand on ecosystems, in particular soils. Genetic modifications could therefore be used to help conceal old food and effectively boost agricultural profits, which could lead to companies taking greater risks to boost profits, while people eat less fresh produce. Furthermore the more pressing current issue with agriculture is environmental issues such as water supply and drought, GMO foods will in fact strain these resources further and worsen environmental issues.
We should instead be striving to better understand and live within the limitations of nature, growing and feeding the world more sustainably. Instead of using genetics to place greater demands on nature, effort should instead go into increasing understanding of ecosystems and nutrient cycles and instigating more holistic farming practices.
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