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Friday, August 29, 2008

The Truth About GM

The truth about GM
by Colin Tudge
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NOTE: Dr. Colin Tudge trained as a biologist and is a three-time winner of the Glaxo/ABSW Science Writer of the Year Award. His career includes serving as Features Editor at New Scientist, his own science program on BBC Radio and freelance writing for The Independent, The Times, Natural History and The New Statesman. He is the author of numerous works on food, agriculture, genetics, and species diversity.
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"Indeed, there has been so much hype and obfuscation in the promotion of GM - Prince Charles's recent warning about the looming environmental disaster aside - that it would be foolish to believe a word of it. Here are three quick examples. We have heard much, of late, of the "golden rice" made by Syngenta. It is fitted with a gene that produces carotene, which is the precursor of Vitamin A - the lack of which is a prime source of blindness among children worldwide. Therefore, Syngenta tells us, golden rice is a good thing - a sentiment echoed subsequently in the media and in the House of Lords by Dick Taverne. But carotene is the yellowish pigment in green leaves (such as spinach) and in all yellow-orange roots and fruits (carrots and papaya among them) and is one of the commonest organic molecules in nature. Poor people do not need handouts from Syngenta. All they need is horticulture - which, before the days of corporate-owned monocultures of commodity crops, they had."
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