| Cornell Alliance for Science
Plants occupy a unique nexus when it comes to climate change. On the one hand, they can help prevent climate change by capturing carbon. On the other, the cultivation of plants – better known as agriculture – has a large carbon footprint. The changing climate is also going to drastically shift where we can and should grow food. Fortunately, a precise gene editing tool known as CRISPR has the potential to shrink agriculture’s climate emissions and prepare crops for climate change.Here are five ways CRISPR can be used to engineer hardier crops that fix more carbon and help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to agriculture.