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Wednesday, April 28, 2004


My feelings of genetically modified crops are mixed. I see the potential and understand that no, eating GM foods won't turn me into a mutant too. I also see the problems associated with Monsanto's empire of dubious business practices, and with shouldering out native strains. I also have a number of other, less politically correct opinions on increasing crop yields.

There's no doubt, however, that reducing the need for pesticides, preservatives and fertilizers is a good thing. And this very cool piece tells us that we don't even need all that high-cost super-advanced gene splicing and dicing to do it: using old breeding techniques guided by modern genomic knowledge, farmers can breed super-crops. Cool!

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