I’m probably a little biased in this debate having worked as a gene jockey in my undergrad days, but it’s quite disturbing to see the growing number of U.S. farmland being converted to genetically modified food production.
For the mathematically lazy, 1 hectare equals 10,000 m². So 66,800,000 hectares of U.S. farmland equates to 6,680,000,000,000 square meters of GM/GMO farmland.
Many of the genetic modifications are deemed harmless, and while I might agree with that thesis because some of modifications are beneficial (e.g. genetic resistance requires lower use of harmful pesticides), but such widespread use doesn’t mean I agree that the “harmless” genetic modifications won’t disrupt/contaminate wildtype strains. If those genetic mods boost natural selection, then what is wildtype today might not be wildtype 50 years from now.
Homo sapiens to Homo evolutis, indeed.
Growth areas: Where genetically modified crops are grown