Genetic engineering, however, is like any other branch of engineering. It uses scientific discoveries to develop saleable products, and companies developing these wish to recoup their development costs and more. There remains the scientific task of discovering whether such products are likely to be of net benefit to mankind. Major difficulties ensue. A single paper (such as Dr Pusztai's effort) is seized upon by the media and proclaimed as truth. Other voices (letter, 22 June) proclaim that organic food is less safe to eat than GM food.
What is the solution? More good science, I'm afraid. It certainly isn't poetry.
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