Biofortification addresses malnutrition through plant breeding and biotechnology
The World Health Organization reports 200 million undernourished children under five, and 2.5 billion people with micronutrient deficiencies. Biofortification, through plant breeding, agricultural enhancement, and biotechnology, offers solutions. For example, a biofortified sorghum hybrid in Nigeria has three times more iron, combating anemia. Finland's selenium-fertilized wheat increased human selenium levels. Golden Rice, developed through biotechnology, combats vitamin A deficiency. Despite safety testing, public skepticism hinders biotechnology's wider use. Leading scientists advocate for GMO acceptance to meet global food demand.