This is why it takes me so long to make new videos!
By: Anders Ekergård
The issue of tomorrow’s food is more than GM crops, for example are insects often described as an environment-friendly source of protein. However currently I am more interested in GM crops. I’m an undergraduate, I don’t have all answers, I may not be totally qualified to explain how double-stranded RNA is used in some GM crops. But it’s interesting. It fascinates me that we at school were taught that RNA is single-stranded, only to later myself read about a traditional Japanese rice variety containing lot’s of double-stranded RNA. A major difference between the two subjects is that, to my knowledge, no one want of forbid people from eating insects, but a large public opinion supports the prohibition of all GM crops altogether.
The public are against GMOs. I myself have been affected by this negative attitude, somewhere in my mind there’s always the question: “What if GMO is as horrible as everyone thinks.” The public no longer trust science. Here I shall discuss two scenarios that could change public opinion. I call them the Dyson scenario respective the Schonwald scenario, after the person I first saw using them.
The Dyson scenario is based on Dyson’s extremely technique optimistic (naively optimistic?) article Our Biotech Future from 2007. In it he describes a future where biotechnology has been “domesticated” in the same way that computers have been. When computers were expensive and only used by the military and government agencies, they were scary. Today when three year olds plays with tablets more powerful than military supercomputers were a few decades ago, they’re not scary. Similarly, biotechnology is scary when it’s available only to large companies, but becomes less scary as the technology becomes more accessible to the public. Continue reading
By: Anders Ekergård
Short, if I Myers can make posts about his carnivorous plants, I think I can share my experiment with hydroponics and unusual leafy vegetables before I move on to the main topic. The smaller plant is purslane and the leaf in the foreground belongs to shiso *. It’s really interesting, hydroponics is growing without soil, and the experiment was inspired by the book The taste of tomorrow by Josh Schonwald, both crops are mentioned in the book. I’m curious about tomorrows food. It goes without saying that the questions what we will eat in the future, and how we will produce it are two of the biggest questions of the 21-century – well, any century really. And here hydroponics might play a role, perhaps used to grow plants we aren’t used to today, like purslane.