the majority of the world's population need a staple crop that can grow in their environment, dilbert.
it would take an immense amount of ecological change to make east asia ready for maize production.
south-east asia has been pivoting to maize for the last few decades – with the usual attendant costs and disasters associated with switching to another monocrop. widespread ecological devastation has resulted from the terraforming of vast areas of indonesia, malaysia, etc, to grow in-demand monocrops like soy (or your preferred maize).
as newbie just pointed out, we are getting better all the time (at using that nefarious gain-of-function research you demonize all the time) to produce rice crop species that can be grown in a less methane-emitting manner. 2-3 cultivars are in research right now using Crispr technology that will literally be a game-changer for the biggest population groups on the planet.
i would suggest to you that it's better that billions of people in east asia get their daily essential calories from a highly calorie-efficient crop than a calorie-inefficient one that requires terraforming their entire continent and widespread destruction of habitat to produce.
i just edited a 300-page book in june on this exact topic. but feel free to tell me 'i'm wrong' because, as per usual, your approach to 'research' and argument is to google images search something and find the first image to suit you.https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/produ … 0750349246
get yourself a copy, it's a riveting read.
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