Monday, February 17, 2014

Why are GMOs such a divisive topic? - The Orange County Register

Why are GMOs such a divisive topic? - The Orange County Register:

"Three south Orange County moms are asking Irvine, Saddleback Valley and Capistrano unified school districts to consider providing school lunches that do not contain genetically modified foods.
Read their story, and read about the financial impacts of such an alternative.

Below, the Register spoke with UC Riverside molecular geneticist Alan McHughen about the controversy surrounding genetically modified organisms.
McHughen has developed crop varieties using conventional and genetic engineering techniques.

He authored "Pandora's Picnic Basket: The Potential and Hazards of Genetically Modified Foods," a book about genetic modification technology.

Q. Why are genetically modified organisms such a divisive topic?

A. Some people equate genetically modified organisms and genetically modified food with big companies, and they don't like the thought of big companies dominating the food supply. Others are simply frightened by the negative information available. Both are misinformed, or hypocritical. (If they don't like genetic modification, why aren't they protesting against insulin?)"

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