population growth is already straining the earth's resources. One
of the few certainties of the future is that the world's
population will nearly double, reaching almost 10 billion
inhabitants by the year 2030. According to Ismail Serageldin of
the World Bank, "Biotechnology will be a crucial part of
expanding agricultural productivity in the 21st century. If safely
deployed, it could be a tremendous help in meeting the challenge
of feeding an additional three billion human beings, 95% of them
in the poor developing countries, on the same amount of land and
water currently available."
which allows the transfer of a gene for a specific trait from one
plant variety or species to another, is one important piece of the
puzzle of sustainable development. Experts assert that
biotechnology innovations will triple crop yields without
requiring any additional farmland, saving valuable rain forests
and animal habitats.
The world's population is expected to reach
10,000,000,000 by the year 2050.