World Rainforest Movement

Outsmarting nature? Synthetic Biology and Climate Smart Agriculture

 Many of the world’s largest agro-industrial corporations are part of the new Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture. Public- and private-sector advocates of Climate Smart Agriculture are embracing tools of synthetic biology (“Syn Bio”) as the latest, greatest game-changing technology to combat climate change. A report from the ETC Group and the Heinrich Boell Foundation briefly examines agriculture-related Research & Development (R&D) involving synthetic biology’s microorganisms and crops being developed in the name of climate-change mitigation and adaptation, including high-tech approaches to enhance photosynthesis (e.g., engineered pathways regulating nitrogen fixation and environmental stress tolerance).

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