We have seen incredible improvement in crop yields due to old fashioned techniques to hybridize crops. Why not use technology to find even quicker ways to do it. People want to save the earth and feed the people, but then they complain about the very technologies that make it possible.
As we have learned in Economy that people tend to buy of a similar product when the main product's price is high. For example when the price of lamb is high people tend to buy something else with a lower price but similar to that, which gives the almost the same satisfaction. In the case of *Famine* genetically modified crops will work as a substitution for the actual crops, perhaps with the same taste, almost same quality, and the same satisfaction.
Scientist and manufacturers are always working to progress and make modified crops a major factor for the future. Famine is still a huge issue that we have in the world today and until humanity finds a way to generate more resources for people. I believe that in 10 years modified crops will become huge.
I believe genetically modified foods were created out of greed by the corporations. Better growing crops means more profit. However, this more efficient way of growing could also lead to more food planet wide, which as a side effect, reduces the chances of famine. Unfortunately, we have yet to know if these genetically modified crops are safe for consumption.
Realistically, right now, we could genetically modify crops like rice and corn to be able to provide all the nurtients one would need on a daily basis. This could be done with other crops, too, such as bananas or potatoes. It's just that rice is the most easily preserved and the most easy to ship.
Genetically modified crops are often touted as a solution to famine and other hunger problems. In reality, research has shown that in the long term, usually after one season, genetically modified crops will often fail due to their intense requirements for synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and water. Genetically modified crops are also set up to fail in the long term because they deplete the soil and need to be grown in monocultures, which discourage biodiversity, a key element in agricultural longevity and land health.