Thursday, August 15, 2002

Since I have been suspected of insanity for the proliferation of Nature posts in the last few days I will summarize the point of them briefly. 1. The idea that we need to increase food production for a growing population is problematic for several reasons. 2. The assertion that GM crops benefit poor farmers is not proven. 3. The scientists who deplore media-driven hysteria about this technology are disingenous, and verge on the hysterical and incoherent themselves, and they are clearly in the pockets of the large biotech companies. This does not mean that they are completely wrong. 4. There were a number of secondary points about e.g. aquaculture, evolution and Zimbabwe. I thought the Nature section was important as it was intended to represent a rather thorough state of the question for the scientific establishment.

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