Is genetic modification (GM) a good way forward?
Several people made interesting comments last time I posted here about GM. I have thoughts buzzing and I’ll write properly when I have something to say. But for now, here are some notes. I hope I’m not talking scientibollix here – will let you know if I find out that I did so.
By the way, I’m talking about GM in the field. GM in the lab is fine if it’s contained there.
Is GM a crime against nature? Oh please, don’t start on that nonsense.
Do GM foods damage people’s health? No. There’s no credible evidence of that.
Do GM crops reduce agrochemical use? Sometimes in the short term. Sometimes the opposite.
Do transgenes escape? Yes. You can’t catch them once they’re out.
Do GM crops or other GM organisms influence other species’ evolution? Yes. Superweeds and superpests are appearing.
Does GM offer a new Green Revolution? Maybe, but do we need that? We waste too much food and we don’t do enough bioprospecting.
Does GM offer new ways to control disease? Maybe.
Does GM contribute to antibiotic resistance? Maybe.
Does GM exploit people? Sometimes, yes.