Monday, September 23, 2002

James Gorman writes [NYT]
First, [genetic engineers] have to stop promising to improve things. Computers were supposed to make things better. Cellphones were supposed to make things better. Giant cars were supposed to make things better. Low-fat diets were supposed to make people thinner. Exercise was supposed to make you immortal. Even antibiotics, which actually did make some things better, are now making some things worse -- earaches and chicken, to pick a couple of examples at random.
You can look up how we've been improving plants without genetic engineering -- bombarding them with gamma rays to induce mutations -- in the International Atomic Energy Agency's database.
And Tom Paine explains the connection between pesticides and chemical warfare.

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