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There is nothing sinister or alien about genetically modified crops. They already happen in nature.

So, the british Medical Association, and virtually everyone else, has joined the lobby against genetically modified (GM) food. GM maize harms monarch butterflies in the American cornbelt. Our sexuality is under threat from oestrogen-mimics produced in GM soya beans sprayed with herbicide. We feel bullied by big business and suspect government collusion in GM food release without proper safety trials. We fear threats to the ecosystem, the food chain and human health. We fear the escape of foreign genes into the wild. We fear an alien and unnatural technology.

Yet genetic modification is not unnatural: indeed, for those of us…

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