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Opinion writer Michael Gerson has a piece in the Washington Post in which he argues that people who are anti-GMO are, essentially, being anti-science.

An excerpt:

“There is more than a hint of cultural imperialism when Westerners — grown fat on the success of modern farming — lecture subsistence farmers on the benefits of heirloom breeds and organic methods. The greatest need among farmers who spend part of the year hungry is increased productivity. Plant varieties engineered to resist cassava brown streak, banana bacterial wilt or maize lethal necrosis can be a matter of life or death. New, drought-resistant crops will be essential as the climate continues to change. And crops designed to resist insects require the use of far less insecticide — which reduces the risk of pesticide poisoning.

“As with the anti-vaccination movement, a contempt for science can have a human cost. The risks are very real when societies become detached from reality.”

It is worth reading here.
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