As an ex-food scientist, I’m convinced of the safety of GMO foods. You will be too, if you can wade through this excellent, but very long article. It’s researched and written by Will Saletan, who writes about politics, science, technology, and other stuff for Slate. He’s the author of Bearing Right.
For the full article, carefully researched with links to hundreds of other pertinent articles, click this link… especially if you are one of those people dead against GMOs. This should give you plenty to chew over:
A few highlights
What can genetic engineering do for the health of our planet?
“The USDA’s catalog of recently engineered plants shows plenty of worthwhile options. The list includes
- drought-tolerant corn
- virus-resistant plums
- non-browning apples
- potatoes with fewer natural toxins
- soybeans that produce less saturated fat.
“A recent global inventory by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization discusses other projects in the pipeline:
- virus-resistant beans
- heat-tolerant sugarcane
- salt-tolerant wheat
- disease-resistant cassava
- high-iron rice
- cotton that requires less nitrogen fertilizer.
“Skim the news, and you’ll find scientists at work on more ambitious ideas:
What’s the delay?
“We’ve been stuck in a stupid, wasteful fight over GMOs. On one side is an army of quacks and pseudo-environmentalists waging a leftist war on science.
On the other side are corporate cowards who would rather stick to profitable weed-killing than invest in products that might offend a suspicious public.
The only way to end this fight is to educate ourselves and make it clear to everyone—European governments, trend-setting grocers, fad-hopping restaurant chains, research universities, and biotechnology investors—that we’re ready, as voters and consumers, to embrace nutritious, environmentally friendly food, no matter where it got its genes.”
Let’s get started… read Salatan’s article now, and move on from there.