Not many years ago the idea of engineering the genes of food to produce plants that were resistant to pesticides and that didn't go bad as quickly was work of science fiction. Today companies spend millions to develop "super seeds". Monsanto is the largest seller of soy seeds on the planet. They were able to achieve this level of success because they designed, engineered and patented a soy plant that is resistant to pesticides. This was a huge accomplishment and something for our entire species to be proud of, the problem is that it's not about the seed anymore, it's about wealth and power. Monsanto controls the growers by forcing them to use their seeds and preventing them from trying to reuse seeds. It's a total monopoly that's basically overlooked by both the citizens and the FDA. The industries of corn, chicken and beef are all in similar situations. They are artificially inflated with subsidies and they produce food that is terrible nutritionally. The problem is, these industries provide our country with the food that we need to live. So the question is, how do we improve this. How can we make better food at reasonable prices?
Well I think we will find that we are on that track already (sort of), what we need is regulation and competition. And by competition I mean real competition from legitimate business that has the ability to instigate change
In the future I imagine that most foods will come from plants and animals that have been genetically engineered. It will be sustainable food that can be grown and raised in a variety of climates with a variety of diets. Some fear the idea that their food was conceived in a test tube, I say I love the idea. It means clean food that we can tailor to our bodies. The has been a lot of talk recently because a company named AquaBounty Technologies is close to getting FDA approval on their genetically engineered salmon ("AquaBounty is developing advanced-hybrid salmon, trout, and tilapia designed to grow faster than traditional fish"). If the FDA approves this, it will mark the first time that a genetically engineered animal is being sold for food. Some day I think we might even move away from raising animals and just grow the meat only. That's when things really become easy, instead of needing all the energy to grow a full cow or fish (bones, organs, skin, limbs (fins), and meat) we can just grow a steak or fillet (meat). I don't know who wouldn't want that, it's efficiency is immediately apparent. Not to mention the meat would be of incredible quality.
So the real question is, who is going to step up and start competing with Monsanto, Tyson, National Beef and the corn industry? Who is going to challenge the status quo? Who is going to help make McDonalds change their ways and influence a global shift in awareness about what we use to fuel our thoughts?
We all are! The only way to change things is with support of lots of people. I challenge you to go out and educate that way, when the time comes for a group of people to make a change in the industry we will have the backing that is needed.
So share the wealth and spread the knowledge. Remember that light shines in the darkness. We are all in this together after all... :)