Letter: Modified food
Tuesday 18 August 1998
While genetic engineering may have the potential for efficient and harmless food production, we must beware of letting profit-oriented organisations take our fundamental food base into their hands to manipulate it without sufficient knowledge of the ecological consequences.
The mixed blessings of poisonous agrochemicals should have taught us a lesson about manipulating the natural system according to our needs.
There is absolutely no need for genetic modification. Traditional breeding methods have already provided us with an over-production of food, and those countries which might benefit from genetically engineered crops will not be able to afford them.
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