One of the key goals Agricultural Biotech is to feed a hungry planet in a more sustainable way. Since they need large quantities of water, fertiliser, and pesticides, many modern farming methods are inefficient. Starting at the seed stage, Agricultural Biotech is attempting to solve these issues. Gene editing is being used by Inari, a seed technology firm, to change food production and make it more sustainable.
Inari has raised $208 million in a Series D fundraising round, valuing the company at $1.2 billion. SEEDesign, Inari’s website, focuses on gene-edited seeds that have the potential to change the way crops are grown around the world. Food production could become more sustainable if it needed less water and fertiliser. At the same time, Inari’s methods have the potential to boost crop yields in order to satisfy the increasing demand for food.
Since soybeans and corn are popular food sources and crops, the company is concentrating on them. GMOs are a divisive subject, with issues ranging from food labelling to government regulations. Removing or knocking out unwanted genes for a particular reason, such as reducing the need for pesticides, is one example of genetically modifying crops. Plants may also be genetically modified to artificially insert genes. Bacteria are commonly used to deliver new genes.