Proponents of genetically engineered / modified (GE/GM, GMO) food often characterize the debate as one of science versus superstition. The implication is that those opposed to GE/GMOs are irrational anti-science cranks or they are misguided by religious ideas. In fact, most of the opposition to the use of GE in agriculture is based on scientists’…

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Genetic engineering – the experimental process of manipulating an organism’s genetic core (DNA) – including insertion of genes from one species into another – is one of the most polarizing issues in medicine and in food production. Genetically engineered (GE) a.k.a. genetically modified/manipulated (GM) food crops are hailed by its proponents as the solution for…

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A profit-enhancing policy trumps public safety & scientific integrity In the mid-1980s, the U.S. executive branch was persuaded that the biotechnology industry would boost the U.S. economy out of its doldrums. To accommodate this newly developing industry, the executive branch gave the industry “regulatory relief” in 1992. The US government public health safety policy shifted…

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