In the first few days of the Month of August, I got the opportunity to watch the remake of the lion king. Surprisingly, I didn’t see a lot of kids when I watched the movie. Well, it could be one of two things. Either, young adults like me were reliving their childhood even thou we know the story or I didn’t go there on the day most kids would have been watching the movie. Either way it was a lovely experience and reiterated the need for balance and sustainability without compromising the future of generations yet on born.
In this technology driven era, it is quite important that we ensure a balance in our Eco-system. Yes, the population of the world is ginormous and continues to grow, thereby, requiring rapid methods of production. This has resulted in diverse enhancement of natural products popularly referred to as Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). GMOs are found in foods like apples, corn, potatoes, tomatoes, peas, soy, cotton, rice, pawpaw, rapeseed , chicken, dairy products and so on and so forth. Presently, it is hard to say that any food you buy has not been genetically modified in one way or the other whether you buy raw foodstuffs or fast food. It may look more colourful, bigger, sweeter and seedless but are we altering nature and affecting the future negatively? Don’t get me wrong in anyway, undoubtedly, the short generation time of food and improvement of available species has helped to feed the large population of the world. However, modern day farming techniques like the use of antimicrobials, herbicides and pesticides have depleted or changed the natural flora of organisms in the environment. These has resulted in antimicrobial resistance, food insecurity and possibly cancer.
Just like the lion king movie tries to depict the need for a balance, the health of humans, animals and the environment are inextricable linked in a concept known as one health. Numerous research has isolated organisms resistant to drugs previously used to treat them in humans, animals and the environment. These has led to international collaboration to help reduce these trend. Additionally, plastic wastes have been found to destroy sea life and contaminate food from the sea. This has led to the formulation of the 3 Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) which has been implemented in most developed countries in the world. However, documentaries have shown that recycling might not be that easy. The real questions are ” what is the possibility of sustainability worldwide?, how long would it take for everyone to embrace it? and do we have to tell kids in the future that whales, turtles and other wild animals in the sea once existed?”
PS. Let us unite to find better ways of feeding the world and using technology. What do you think about this topic? Please comment down below!!