June 26th, 2013
by John Hambrock
For the next 2 weeks, the Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee will follow the adventures of Edison’s genetically modified wheat stalk which has escaped from his lab. I wrote this series after I read about the discovery of Monsanto’s genetically engineered glyphosate-resistant wheat in an Oregon field.
I have found dozens of arguments for and against genetically altered crops, and until substantial proof emerges one way or the other about the benefits or dangers, the debate will linger on. Personally, I’m not a big proponent of GM crops. Trying to re-engineer the earth is a very dangerous business, and, I’m sorry to say, there is just too much we don’t know about the long-term effects on us and the planet. I like to think of the universe as a giant, billion-piece puzzle. We find 2 pieces that match and think we can see the entire picture. In the case of GM crops, I think the big picture will always remain elusive.
To read more about the rogue Oregon wheat, go to http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/Pages/gm_wheat.aspx
To read more about the adventures of Edison’s rogue wheat, stay tuned to this site!
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