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The complex nature of GMOs calls for a new conversation | Ensia


curated by | October 10, 2015

“An honest discussion of genetically modified organisms must move beyond narrow concepts of human health to the wider social and environmental impacts of engineered crops.”

John Payne’s insight:
This polarized debate over GMOs contributes to a stark, unrealistic dichotomy, between conventional (a.k.a. "modern") agriculture and traditional methods, with the latter being portrayed as unscalable, "inefficient", and eccentric. This dichotomy distracts attention from the development of technologies that have the potential to make methods more closely resembling traditional methods both scalable and efficient (as used by "modern" agriculturalists), through the application of replicable robotic technologies at a scale appropriate to the manipulation of plants and the organisms that coexist with them.



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