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GM Foods Not Needed

As many of you know, I am a major fan of high tech, but more specifically high tech used appropriately. Genetically modified foods are like letting a genie out of the bottle that could eventually devastate our species. Fortunately, many prominent scientists are voicing their concerns about GM foods.

Nature has no advertising budget. Advocates of sustainable agriculture also tend to be poor and marginalised. The biotech firms, on the other hand, have armies of PR and sales people, researchers, lawyers and lobbyists.

Almost everything scientists are trying to achieve by genetically modifying crops can be achieved in other less risky ways. Whether the problem is pest or weed control, drought tolerance, yield or nutrition, there are countless, though poorly supported, farming methods that can be used before needing to open pandora's box of genetic tricks.

The Guardian August 4, 2003

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