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The hidden costs

It is not at all clear how the GM products that have come to market are supposed to benefit the consumer

By Malcolm Kane   December 2007

Dick Taverne’s article was disappointingly shallow, not just because he regurgitated every half-truth and misleading mix of selected “benefits” attributed to GM foods by the PR and marketing gurus, but because he failed to think through the true balance of risks and benefits involved in specific GM applications.

Only two GM applications have achieved any significant market penetration: herbicide resistance and insect resistance. The supposed benefits of these applications need careful dissection.

Take herbicide resistance. Historically, weed killers have not been approved for use on food crops—conventional crops would be destroyed. Yet the farmer’s need for weed control is understandable—weeds…

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