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Viewpoint: ‘How COVID has altered the future of US agriculture and the role of biotechnology’

The past year has been a doozy. Being locked up for a year and watching half a million Americans die was traumatizing. In the most productive agricultural country in the world, millions of people lined up for food and many Americans died because Covid preferentially attacks people with pre-existing conditions like obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. So says Jim Budzynski in an article published by Genetic Literacy Project.

“As a mortal, Covid jolted me into a heightened sense of my own mortality and resulted in diet and exercise changes that lessened my vulnerability,” Budzynski writes. “But as a strategist, this ‘Covid intermission’ got me pondering what role American agriculture might have played in all this and where we are headed. I concluded that U.S. agriculture remains highly vulnerable and way overdue for a new strategic plan. We need a ‘Covid Pivot’ to a more sustainable agriculture that broadly supports both our environment and the health of our citizens.

“I want to share 10 questions that can be considered ‘kindling wood’ to help start the bonfire of debate over where U.S. agriculture should be heading. I do not claim to have the answers, but perhaps this is a fair starting list of questions.”

Source: Genetic Literacy Project (GLP). Read the full article here
Photo: Jose Suarez, a strawberry farmworker. Credit: David Rodriguez/The Salinas Californian

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