Friday, November 09, 2007
GM foods are ubiquitous
Almost all the varieties of rice grown in Southeast Asia are genetically modified. A conspiracy by governments and biotech firms to reap big bucks while penalising ignorant consumers and poor farmers? No. They have been 'modified' by "accidentally as the result of mutations, chromosomal recombinations, translocations of pieces of DNA and even deletions of sections of DNA. This rice is consumed everywhere without the requirement of any laboratory tests," as this article rightly points out. Are GM foods the enemy, as some organic food advocates say that they are, or is this moralising about GM foods costing lives which could be saved by improved crop yields?