Global Implications and Potential
December 10, 2010
While this work may directly help the health of the US consumer and the organic poultry industry, it also has global implications. We might consider the following: In some parts of Africa and Asia corn makes up as much as 80% of the total caloric intake. These people suffer from a lack of high quality protein and Vitamin A. A lack of high quality protein has been implicated in resisting the AIDS epidemic in the area. A lack of Vitamin A has been the cause of an epidemic of blindness. The high yielding, disease and pest resistant corn with increased protein and enhanced nutritional value that will be developed in our current project could be useful for breeding corn cultivars adapted to those subtropical areas. The results could eventually help people living under poverty conditions, whether they eat the corn directly or by feeding chickens.
Michael Fields and its partners are seeking funding for this critical research regarding improved corn hybrids for higher yields, new and healthier food products and strengthening public and private corn breeding.