Genetically engineered moths may save kale chips

C. Poku,  BIOtechNOW,  2020.

Sea salt kale chips, bacon brussels sprouts, and buffalo cauliflower wings are under threat.

Environmental activists will have you believe the biggest threat to our food system is pesticides. That’s not true, in fact, it’s insects—the very reason most pesticides are necessary. Insects are such a dangerous issue that Somalia recently declared a state of emergency as an “unprecedented” swarm of locusts is raising alarms about famine.

Climate change has led to a rampant increase in bugs like locusts and moths, that threaten our food, and mosquitoes and ticks, that threaten people.

A recent CNN article explains that diamondback moths are one of the most damaging insects because of their high reproduction rate and resistance to most insecticides.