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GMOs: Savior, Satan, or Something In-Between?

Jun 27, 2016

Helena Bottemiller Evich is a senior reporter at POLITICO, where she covers the intersection of food policy and politics.
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Genetically modified organism. Rarely have three words generated such passionate and polarized debate.



GMO has become a cultural construct, a metaphor we use to argue about a set of ideas that don’t fit neatly into any clear category: consumer and worker health; corporate greed; biodiversity; the role of the Green Revolution; productive farming in the developing world; innovation vs. tradition; ethics. If one thing is clear, it’s that the emotional debates have overshadowed thoughtful discussion about the role biotechnology can play in achieving food security on a warming planet. Can it help more than it can harm? How fast and in what direction should agricultural innovation advance?


Ricardo Salvador, Helena Bottemiller Evich, Robert Fraley, David Festa 

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