Letter: GM testing time
Tuesday 23 February 1999
GM food safety is not just about whether rats feel a bit under the weather - it is about terminator seeds empowering commercial interests (even against governments), about unforeseeable and irreversible ecological consequences. It is also about removing man's need to understand nature and inserting an utter dependence on products and patents.
So I would say this to the impartial scientist: "For God's sake, have a point of view. This could be the very death of impartial scientific research."
To the confused politician: "Commercial genetic engineering could be the greatest threat to the nation state since the atom bomb. You'd better be prepared to fight that corner if you want my vote."
KUNO van der POST
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