Thursday, May 11, 2006
In 1995, there were no plantings of biotech crops. A lot has changed since then. Last year, more than 200 million acres in 17 countries were planted with genetically modified seed. Now, the Why Files, an excellent science website from the University of Wisconsin, examines the status of GM crops a decade after their introduction. What it finds is the usual muddle of scientific uncertainty. If the horror stories have not come to pass, neither have many of the supposed benefits of GM crops materialized. Meanwhile, the experiment continues unabated with little oversight. This article is apparently the first of two parts.