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How Can Gene Editing Bring Sustainability to Food Production?

Food and Beverages | Friday, May 13, 2022

Gene editing is a hot topic right now because of the many ways it may be used to enhance food and help the environment.

Fremont, CA: Gene editing is a highly accurate method of altering genes in plant cells. The types of modifications we make are identical to the genetic diversity that occurs naturally. CRISPR is a widely used gene-editing technology. The procedure is designed to hasten the normal evolution of genetics. Traditional breeding procedures can be time-consuming and labor-intensive. The required DNA modifications can be obtained in a single generation with gene editing, and the finished product may be indistinguishable from a normally bred crop.

Gene editing for a better environment

Gene editing is a technique for making precise alterations to genetic material in order to improve food quality and promote farming and food sustainability.

Gene editing can help farmers control infections and adapt to changing environmental circumstances in addition to improving crops. Reducing the carbon footprint of soybean production and crop protection chemical application has numerous environmental advantages. Plants can be modified to resist disease and tolerate stress by precisely altering these genes. Many scientists believe that gene editing can be used to develop climate solutions.

Genome editing is an excellent tool for breeding accuracy. In the face of a rapidly changing climate, new climate-resilient crop types are desperately needed, and our technique has the potential to help us produce them more swiftly and precisely than traditional breeding. It might be used to create plants with deeper roots that store more carbon in the soil, as well as for disease resistance and potentially climate change mitigation.

Gene editing could be used to create soybean oil that resembles palm oil. Because palm oil extraction typically results in deforestation and the oil must be transported over long distances, this improves sustainability. Scientists might construct a palm oil substitute that is produced locally and sustainably using gene editing.

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