This tumblelog is a compendium and virtual commonplace book for my sesquipedalian cogitations on political, scientific, and cultural snippets from across the Internet. Some entries are in Español.
GMOs & California & You
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.
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.
“The crops are so widespread that an estimated 70 percent of U.S. processed foods contain engineered genes. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved more than 80 genetically engineered crops while denying none.”