Genetic modification and other agri-biotech

Genetic modification (GM) isn’t the same thing as selective breeding. GM is also called genetic engineering (GE).

One very awkward name is International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA)! But don’t let that put you off. ISAAA calls itself a ‘not-for-profit international organization that shares the benefits of crop biotechnology to various stakeholders, particularly resource-poor farmers in developing countries.’

Here ISAAA explains what GM is and why it’s a good thing. Still unconvinced? Here ISAAA discusses how people think about agri-biotechnology.

Want to know more? You might choose to follow ISAAA’s blog and its news outlet. I’m watching those and I’ll tell you when stories catch my eye.


About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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