Can These GMO Trees Save The Planet? | Business of Climate Change | Forbes

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The advent of inventions like automobiles and airplanes in the early 1900s fueled a transportation revolution and helped fuel one in agriculture. What once was done by hand or by horse was now being done with tractors and machines.

That was followed up in the 1950s and 60s with the “Green Revolution,” where advances in fertilizers and other chemicals help to vastly increase crop yields around the world. These revolutions have reduced hunger and feed a growing population, but they’ve come with a cost: inventions from both eras have helped contribute to climate change.

Thankfully, there are a number of companies working to solve the climate impact of agriculture, including San Francisco-based Living Carbon, which uses biotechnology to develop genetically modified trees that better capture and store carbon while producing superior quality lumber. That’s a win-win solution that could help lead to a greener future.

The Business of Climate Change explores the industries that are most implicated in climate change — and the companies working to fix that. Forbes’ Senior Science Editor discusses the promise of these solutions with industry experts, scientists and entrepreneurs.

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