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Submitted by Ariel on
Hello Aline, Waiting for Cuesta's answer here my idea about this. GMOs are not an end in itself, so their usefulness should be measured in the way it contributes to objectives such as the ones you mention (drought-resistance, increased yields, etc). It seems to me that the private market does not find it profitable to create GMOs for regions where these food price spikes are the most disrupting (e.g. Sahel) simply because farmers may find it cheaper to use their own seeds, like they've been doing for centuries and centuries. Companies create new GMO seeds when they can reap the benefits... I only see public research agencies stepping in and perhaps opening the door for GMOs that are locally adapted... but that's wishful thinking perhaps. There are so many things that can be done to increase yields, improve drought resistance, etc, that thinking uni-dimensionally with "GMOs" is counterproductive, IMHO. Bests.

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