Engineered food shall save people from starving, say Scientists

March 25, 2015 5:13 PM

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At the corner of Colombia one of the most useful secrets of Latin America is kept hidden. Scientists at International center for tropical agriculture are continuously working and taking efforts to make sure that people in the world have food which is necessary for living. In the center’s gene bank Daniel Debouck’s eyes sparkle as he points out rows of shelves, each crammed with different kinds of beans. The collection contains a kaleidoscopic array of colours, shapes and sizes. White, gravel-like varieties from Mexico sit beside larger, ruby-red specimens from Malawi. The seeds on display represent a tiny fraction of the 36,000 bean samples that are kept in the bank’s enormous fridges. It’s the largest collection anywhere in the world, and constitutes a lifetime’s work for Dr Debouck, the monk-like Belgian scientist in charge of the hoard (pdf).

At the corner of Colombia one of the most useful secrets of Latin America is kept hidden. Scientists at International center for tropical agriculture are continuously working and taking efforts to make sure that people in the world have food which is necessary for living.

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