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Fielding GMOs

Genetically-modified-organism experts attest to crops’ safety and pervasiveness, but concerns flare

By Vicki Viotti

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 21, 2013

~~<p>Gary Hooser, former state lawmaker and head of the state Office of Environmental Quality Control, had seen his share of public-policy debates. They're all generally complex issues, but few are more so than the community upheaval over crops developed through genetically modified organism (GMO) technology.</p>
<p>On one side are industry spokesmen, representing both the scientific and corporate sectors, asserting that the laboratory-assisted modifications are essentially no different than the crop hybridization farmers have done for generations. Crossbreeding accomplishes genetic changes just as surely, although in the lab it's accomplished more quickly.</p>
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Gary Hooser, former state lawmaker and head of the state Office of Environmental Quality Control, had seen his share of public-policy debates. They're all generally complex issues, but few are more so than the community upheaval over crops developed through genetically modified organism (GMO) technology.

On one side are industry spokesmen, representing both the scientific and corporate sectors, asserting that the laboratory-assisted modifications are essentially no different than the crop hybridization farmers have done for generations. Crossbreeding accomplishes genetic changes just as surely, although in the lab it's accomplished more quickly. Login for more...



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