Sunday, February 18, 2007

GM Potatoes

Dr. Arpad Pusztai is famous in the annals of genetic engineering controversies. He published a study in 1998 which claimed that there were dangers connected with some genetically modified (GM) potatoes. His work was reviled and he apparently lost his job over the flap. Of course in the intervening years genetic engineering has moved forward to the point where it is now almost ubiquitous, at least in certain countries like the United States. Very few people worry about the safety of GMOs if they are aware of their existence at all.

Now it turns out that Dr. Pusztai may have been right all along? That he was victim of a smear campaign? That some information about the case was suppressed for eight years? Read this article, it’s very interesting.

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