The Question (ID Number 718)...
Trying to think differently on the subject, do you think it's possible to use genetically modify foods to manage/limit food production like your hypothetical feeder in the cage? -- E.g., this year we decide to genetically grow, distribute, and eat only X amount of food to feed our human population of X + 1.
Put another way, could genetically modified food serve as a useful means for producing, distributing, and tracking food production on a scale necessary for the taker culture to manage these processes and stop fueling the cycle of increased food production and population explosion?
Obviously, this type of decision-making would require cooperation and organization by many people with changed minds. Unfortunately, I am woefully unknowledgeable about genetically modified foods, and given your wide-ranging studies, I figured you might have an opinion on whether trying to change minds in this direction makes any sense.
...and the response:Genetically-altered foods could possibly help us reduce our destructive impact on the rest of the planet, but (as you have already guessed), it's going to need a global mind-change before people accept the fact that we MUST stabilize our population (and therefore our food production). Until this happens, I'm afraid that genetically-altered foods are simply going to continue the food race, giving us a new "win" in food production, which will be answered by another "win" in population growth.
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