National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Biotechnology is beginning to trans- A form agriculture across the globe. After thousands of years of traditional plant and animal breeding, and centuries of mechanization and chemical application, genetic research has opened a Pandora's box of living modified organisms (LMOs) designed to improve the productivity and efficiency of commercial agriculture. A multitude of transgenic crops and animals is now being introduced into commerce by biotechnology companies, and b nations are puzzling out how to appropriate the benefits and manage the risks.
American biotechnology companies and agencies are the leading proponents of using LMOs. They claim that two decades of costly and careful research and several years of field testing in the United States prove that the LMOs being offered are a safe and effective means of improving productivity, reducing dependency on toxic chemicals, preventing environmental and health hazards, enhancing nutrition, achieving a reliable food supply for burgeoning populations in poorer countries, and promoting sustainable growth.
Michael S. Baram,
LMO's: Treasure Chest or Pandora's Box
Environmental Health Perspectives
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