Food price spikes are correlated with increases in food riots.
Red dashed vertical lines correspond to beginning dates of “food riots” and protests associated with the major recent unrest in North Africa and the Middle East. The blue vertical line indicates the date on which the authors of the cited report  submitted a report to the U. government warning of the link between food prices, social unrest, and political instability.
Current yield growth trends are simply insufficient to keep up with growing demand .
As well, the rapid expansion of agriculture over the past century to feed today’s population has had a devastating impact on biodiversity .
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are organisms (that is, plants, animals, or microorganisms) whose genetic material (DNA) has been changed, and such changes would not be possible in nature as a result of reproduction or natural recombination.
Relevant technologies are known as modern biotechnology, gene technology, as well as recombinant DNA technology and genetic engineering.
They allow the transfer of individual genes from one organism to another, as well as between unrelated species.
Foods produced from or using GM organisms are often called GMO foods.
We began to shape plants and animals to our own advantage and settled down to grow and herd them .
The process by which we have modified plants and animals to suit our needs, traditionally called “domestication,” is a process of genetic modification .