Nupur Das Gupta
The European Union prides itself on its crop quality and beliefs in non-genetically modified foods growing throughout its boundaries. However Nature Journal reports that with scarcity and high demand of land, the EU is losing in its international demand to produce more crops and to produce them quickly.
The EU is heavily considering epigenetic modification to crops, which technically cause no DNA modification, but with their strong oppositions to GM crops in the past, we cant help but wonder where epigenetic modifications stands in relation to GM.
Though epigenetic modification is currently being adapted to alter resistance to disease and increase nutritional content, the adjusted crop yield that developing countries depend on the EU for are in jeopardy as they consider altering their agricultural practices. The technology is said to allow scientists to generate plants with traits they desire much more rapidly and efficiently than their old method. This all sounds almost too good to be true, but with EU's determination to remain anti GMO, we have a feeling that they will find a way to alter their crops without subtracting from their natural qualities.