Commentary: GMOs: How do I hate thee?
2). GM and non-GM cannot co-exist. Maybe not. And if so, that’s not an argument for condemning biotech. It might be a reason to abandon conventional farming. Anyway, organic certification—which is what this argument is really about—is based on production methods, not on the purity of the crops, so it’s a moot point.
1). We can’t trust GM companies. You knew they’d save this one ’til last. If you peel back all the pseudo-science and political ideology, the beating heart of anti-GM opposition is simply fear and loathing of big corporations—specifically Monsanto. They’re all about profit, critics complain, to which one is tempted to reply, “What’s your point?” Monsanto’s seeming dominance of the seed market is not because they can hold metaphorical guns to farmers’ heads, but because they offer growers the opportunity to capture better margins through greater efficiencies and more predictable quality.
That’s not a cause for criticism, it’s what the rest of us like to call free enterprise.
Anti-GMO haters ought to look into it sometime.
The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Dan Murphy, a veteran food-industry journalist and commentator.
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