Nuclear technology to beat world hunger?
December 20th, 2008

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is known for its inspections of nuclear facilities around the world. But it’s quite surprising to learn that the IAEA is collaborating with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to apply nuclear science to food security. ‘IAEA scientists use radiation to produce improved high-yielding plants that adapt to harsh climate conditions such as drought or flood, or that are resistant to certain diseases and insect pests.’ This mutation induction technique has been used for a number of years — even if I’m discovering this today. More than 3,000 crop varieties of some 170 different plant species have been released through the direct intervention of the IAEA, from rice to barley, and from bananas to grapefruits.

Read more: ZDNet, Primidi


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