As the world’s population grows, the need for food and other perishable resources is increasing rapidly. Radiation helps us develop plants that produce higher yields, raise healthier animals, eliminate pests without chemicals, and enhance food safety.
In recent years, more than 1,500 new crop varieties have been developed in 40 countries around the globe. Scientists used radiation technology to help them develop 90 percent of those new varieties. In Italy, over half the pasta is made from a wheat variety developed by using radiation techniques. In Africa, sterile insect technique (SIT) was used to control the Tsetse fly that transmits disease in cattle and sleeping sickness in humans. In another country, a new cotton variety resulted in crops nearly twice the size of previous crops.
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