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The Truth about Genetically Modified Food

Proponents of genetically modified crops say the technology is the only way to feed a warming, increasingly populous world. Critics say we tamper with nature at our peril. Who is right?

That is a fair question. But with governments and consumers increasingly coming down against GM crops altogether, additional testing may be the compromise that enables the human race to benefit from those crops' significant advantages.

MORE TO EXPLORE

Food, Inc.: Mendel to Monsanto—The Promises and Perils of the Biotech Harvest. Peter Pringle. Simon & Schuster, 2003.

Tough Lessons from Golden Rice. Martin Enserink in Science, Vol. 320, pages 468–471; April 25, 2008.

Case Studies: A Hard Look at GM Crops. Natasha Gilbert in Nature, Vol. 497, pages 24–26; May 2, 2013. www.nature.com/news/case-studies-a-hard-look-at-gm-crops-1.12907

 

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