The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) released a new paper, Food Biofortification—Reaping the Benefits of Science to Overcome Hidden Hunger, which is part of the series on The Need for Agricultural Innovation to Sustainably Feed the World by 2050. It is now available for download.
This new paper covers the wide range of inter-disciplinary topics encompassed by biofortification including the economic justification for biofortification, bioavailability and efficacy of biofortified crops, crop development, catalyzing the scale up of biofortification, and the potential of transgenic approaches in biofortification. Biofortified varieties have been released in 40 countries and adopted by 15 million farm households. Biofortification is one of the most cost-effective and sustainable interventions available in the campaign to reduce mineral and vitamin deficiencies.
Biofortification is a process of increasing the density of minerals and vitamins in a food crop through conventional plant breeding, transgenic techniques, or agronomic practices. Biofortified staple food crops, when consumed regularly substituting one-for-one with non-biofortified staple food crops, will generate measurable improvements in human nutrition and health.
Attached is the Ag quickCAST (a one page summary) and Student Study Guide for this paper.