I want to thank Tina, one of my favorite people, for drawing my attention to two blogs posts by David Zilberman, a professor of agriculture and resource economics, on the potential impact of the California proposition to label genetically modified (GM) products.
- Why labeling of GMOs is actually bad for people and the environment [Berkeley Blogs]
- The GMO labeling debate continued: It’s about the ‘benchmark’ [Berkeley Blogs]
I was reminded of Pamela Ronald’s ‘Genetically Engineered Crops - What, How and Why’ for Scientific American,
In 2008, the most recent year for which statistics are available, 30 genetically engineered crops were grown on almost 300 million acres in 25 countries (nearly the size of the state of Alaska), 15 of which were developing countries (James 2009). By 2015, 120 genetically engineered crops (including potato and rice) are expected to be cultivated worldwide (Stein and Rodriguez-Cerezo 2009). Half of the increase will be crops designed for domestic markets from national technology providers in Asia and Latin America.
Read them and let me know what you think.