Food security is a serious issue that affects all of us every day all over the world. Even in countries where food security isn’t considered an issue or existential problem, the truth is that finding ways to reduce the issue can prevent a great deal of catastrophe’s in case of an emergency and will ultimately bring our overall cost of living down quite considerably.
Because of the importance of these two factors, a group of researchers has been doing everything they can to improve the overall yield size of grains like rice. But how are they doing this? The researchers are focussing on shortening the process of photorespiration as a means of increasing the amount of photosynthesis that occurs during a plants lifecycle.
This issue has also become more important because of the growing demand being placed on the worlds shrinking cultivatable soils to produce more and more per yield every year – something that will really have negative effects on the environment if not dealt with quickly! The scientist’s theory is that by reducing the amount of photorespiration that a plant needs to go through during a yield, they can actively increase the amount of direct photosynthesis that occurs in the plant, therefore increasing yield size and amount by roughly 50% – which is a huge difference!
Basically, photorespiration is the process whereby O2 is taken in by the plant and CO2 is released back into the atmosphere. During this process, the plant uses a lot of energy and loses a lot of potential photosynthetic compounds which limit the size of the grain growth substantially. The scientists ultimately hope to bypass this process, therefore meaning that the plant converts more into photosynthetic compounds, therefore, enabling farmers to get more per yield and hopefully plant fewer plants per year or get more per square meter, therefore saving costs and the environment on a huge scale.
The Cast of Modern Family, Transformation From Season 1 to Now
Modern Family glued its viewers to their TV as it reveals the active life of an extended family, from dealing with kids to growing old. During the first season, very few of the cast were big names. Fortunately, others eventually gained more status overtime. Today, we’ll present a brief overview of the Modern Family cast, detailing their growth from the time the show premiered to today.
Rico Rodriguez as Manny Delgado – Then
Rico Rodriguez, also known for his role as Manny Delgado in Modern Family, kicked off his career in the movie industry before he was ten years old. His time in front of the camera began with several minor roles before successfully landing a spot in the Modern Family cast.
While being an active star on Modern Family, Rodriguez also appeared in other Hollywood projects like his cameo in The Muppets film, and voice work on Disney’s The Lion Guard and Americano.
Rico Rodriguez – Now
Currently, Rodriguez has grown gracefully and transformed into a successful man who even had the self-discipline to publish a book in 2012. In addition to his media accomplishments, Rodriguez went on to become a voice actor for more animated projects for Disney and other studios.
His role in Modern Family earned him numerous nominations throughout his time on the sitcom. Rodriguez went on to start a production company with his sister, which he planned to prioritize after the show ended.
Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy – Then
Julie Bowen plays the role of Claire Dunphy on the hilarious sitcom, Modern Family. After the first season premiered in 2009, she went on to receive six consecutive Primetime Emmy Award nominations from 2010 to 2015 for her well-played role as a supporting actress.
Before her time on Modern Family, comedy fans knew Bowen as Adam Sandler’s love interest in Happy Gilmore, where she performed her role more than excellently.
Julie Bowen – Now
Currently, Bowen is happily married to Scott Phillips, and is also the mother of three sons who are Oliver, Gus, John – the last two are twins. Additionally, while on The Ellen Show, Bowen confessed that she might never have appeared on Modern Family as she almost traded the opportunity for another role.
Her role as Claire Dunphy made her a shining star, earning her six Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2011, 2012, and 2019.
Nolan Gould as Luke Dunphy – Then
Like many child actors, Nolan Gould began his acting career after featuring in multiple commercials, which allowed him to play the younger sibling (Luke Dunphy) on Modern Family. According to reports, his time on the show was rewarded with $70,000 per episode.
However, as the show became more popular, Gould, and many of the show’s child stars, had to fight for contract increases to keep their salaries in line with the show’s success.
Nolan Gould – Now
Approximately a decade after and Gould is still going strong in Hollywood, starring in popular movies like Friends With Benefits and The To-Do List. Ultimately, if you enjoyed watching Gould’s charming face in every episode of Modern Family, you can look forward to seeing him in other movies as time progresses.
Gould is also an enthusiastic rock climber that occasionally posts videos of his adventures on Instagram for his fan’s viewing pleasure.
Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily Tucker Pritchett – Then
Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, daughter of the comedian “Amy Anderson,” is famous for her well-played role in the third season of ABC’s Modern Family in 2011. Unlike Rodriguez and Gould, Aubrey starred in the sitcom at the mere age of 4 and was also the youngest celebrity present at the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2012 and 2013.
According to Nolan Gould, Anderson-Emmons was shy as she hid behind her mother’s legs, asking if the cast were real people and if the set was a real house. Nevertheless, she played her part fantastically.
Aubrey Anderson-Emmons – Now
Over the years, Anderson-Emmons blossomed into a beautiful teen and has appeared in Bill Nye’s Netflix series Bill Nye Saves the World. It seems that she’s satisfied with her role on Modern Family as she hasn’t taken any new position since.
However, she’s an active star on Youtube with a successful channel called FoodMania. In addition to her YouTube channel, Anderson-Emmons manages a bamboo toothbrush company (Earthmania) with her mother when she’s outside of work and YouTube.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett – Then
Before taking on the role of Mitchell Pritchett on Modern Family, Jesse Tyler Ferguson appeared in multiple Hollywood projects like Untraceable, in which he co-starred with Diane Lane. He was also a significant part of The Class and Ugly Betty, with his role being Gabe Farkus.
Although his role in Modern Family made him famous worldwide, Ferguson had already made a name for himself through the Tony Award-winning The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson – Now
Ferguson remained close to the entertainment industry during his time on Modern Family, staging the one-man Broadway play, Fully Committed, where he played 40 characters. As time progressed, he found himself on So You Think You Can Dance as a judge on the show and is prepared to perform in the revival of the Tony-winning play, Take Me Out.
Additionally, Ferguson was nominated at the Primetime Emmy Awards, from 2010 to 2014, for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series” because of his role in Modern Family.
Nathan Lane as Pepper Saltzman – Then
If you’re a frequent consumer of quality entertainment, you might have recognized Nathan Lane the first time he appeared on the show. During his brief time in the sitcom, he was an accomplished producer, actor, and writer in Hollywood, and has starred in multiple projects including The Lion King and The Birdcage.
He’s famous for his involvement in successful projects like A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Producers, and Angels in America.
Nathan Lane – Now
While he kept popping in and out of Modern Family over the years, he made several appearances on other TV shows including The Blacklist, The Good Wife, and Penny Dreadful. So far, Nathan Lane currently possesses 20 different awards.
These include two that he received for Best Performance by an Actor Golden Globes due to his contribution in The Birdcage and The Producers. Ultimately, he’s one of Modern Family‘s most successful actors.
Sarah Hyland as Haley Dunphy – Then
Sarah Hyland appeared on Modern Family at the age of 19 as the eldest daughter of Phil and Claire, Haley Dunphy. However, before her role on the show as a 16-year-old, Hyland’s first involvement in any Hollywood project is her role as Howard Stern’s daughter in the 1997 film, Private Parts.
Overtime, Hyland gained more popularity for her roles in several successful films like Geek Charming and Struck by Lightning.
Sarah Hyland – Now
Fast forward to the present, and Hyland has grown in popularity, appearing in several movies like Vampire Academy, See You In Valhalla, and Scary Movie 5. She has also gone further with her soap opera career, which she started before her role in Modern Family.
She has appeared on multiple projects like One Life to Live, Touched by an Angel, Law & Order, and All My Children. We can expect more from Hyland as she doesn’t plan to leave the entertainment industry anytime soon.
Sofía Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett – Then
Sofía Vergara started as an ordinary girl who was eventually discovered by a photographer on a Colombian beach and was presented with opportunities for her to maximize her potential through modeling and television work. Fortunately, she accepted the offer and went on to star in various movies like The Smurfs, Big Trouble, and Madea Goes to Jail.
While she was fairly popular with a career in modeling and minor TV roles, there’s no doubt that starring in Modern Family as Gloria Pritchett was what made her a household name.
Sofía Vergara – Now
As previously stated, the most significant break in Vergara’s career was her role in Modern Family as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett. The performance got her nominated for seven Screen Actors Guild Awards, four Primetime Emmy Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards.
We can discern from Vergara’s previous activities that she’s a goal-oriented woman with an eye for excellence. This is evident in her newest achievement on joining the panel of judges on the next season of America’s Got Talent.
Ariel Winter Workman as Alex Dunphy – Then
Ariel Winter first began her acting career in a Cool Whip commercial back in 2002, at the age of four. Eventually, she landed her first television role in an episode of Listen Up!, which followed with her appearance on numerous shows like Bones, Freddie, Monk, ER, and ABC’s famous sitcom, Modern Family.
Some of her most successful Hollywood involvement include her role in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete as the voice of Marlene Wallace, as well as playing the voice of multiple characters in Ice Age: The Meltdown.
Ariel Winter Workman – Now
While Modern Family kept going, Workman decided to advance her education by getting accepted to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and began attendance in the fall semester of 2016.
Besides acquiring her degree, Workman made more accomplishments by being the voice actor for the lead character of Disney’s Sophia the First, Dora the Explorer and the Destiny Medallion Dora, and 2020’s Little Audrey. Ultimately, she has been a blessing to the entertainment industry since the beginning of her career.
Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy – Then
Ty Burrell rose to fame as an actor and comedian by performing several roles on Broadway, which includes Macbeth. While he was undoubtedly an outstanding person, his talent remained hidden until he appeared on fox’s short-lived comedy Back to You.
He went further up in his career by portraying the often-dimwitted Phil Dunphy in ABC’s Modern Family. Burrell also starred in big movies like Black Hawk Down, In Good, Company, Dawn of the Dead, and many more.
Ty Burrell – Now
In 2014, Burrell was given the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series SAG Award. He was also nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for the Primetime Emmy Award in July 2017.
Additionally, in 2011 and 2014, Burrell won the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor for his performance in Modern Family. Burrell admitted that Modern Family played a significant role in helping him get voice acting roles like the successful Mr. Peabody & Sherman.
Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker – Then
Eric Stonestreet began his adult life as a graduate in Sociology from Kansas State University; however, he desired more meaning to his life and started acting. Fortunately, Stonestreet slowly built his career before finally getting a role on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Eventually, Stonestreet became a part of Modern Family with his role being the comedic Cameron Tucker. It might surprise fans but Modern Family’s Fizbo the clown is based on Stonestreet’s love for clowns.
Eric Stonestreet – Now
Stonestreet’s portrayal of Cameron Tucker landed him nominations for three Emmys, eventually winning the award for an actor in a supporting role in 2010 and 2012. While Modern Family stayed on the TV, Stonestreet took a role in other major films and television shows.
These included Confirmation, Bad Teacher, and The Secret Life of Pets where he voiced Duke. Stonestreet is also a sports enthusiast and has even driven the pace car at various NASCAR events.
Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett – Then
Ed O’Neill was a student and a defensive lineman at Youngstown State University; however, his time on the sport was short-lived as he was cut from the team during camp. Over time, he picked up acting and played as Al Bundy on Married… with Children, which brought him fame due to his outstanding performance.
Eventually, he was given a spot in 2009 on Modern Family as Jay Pritchett, a role that he played fantastically.
Ed O’Neill – Now
O’Neill is currently married to an actress, Catherine Rusoff, and are both blessed with two beautiful daughters. Since his rise in fame, O’Neill starred in numerous projects such as playing Hank the Octopus in Finding Dory, playing Burt in Weird City and voicing Mr. Litwak in Wreck-It Ralph.
His outstanding performance as Bundy in Married… with Children earned two Golden Globe nominations from the Foreign Press Association. He was also honored with three Emmy nominations by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for his involvement in Modern Family.