Washington: I-522 debate offers chance for education on plant science

The following is an edited excerpt.

Monday’s unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision for Monsanto Co. plays into the hands of the forces organizing to support Initiative 522. But it is also an assist for researchers at Washington State University and other institutions on the frontiers of plant science.

I-522, which goes to Washington voters in November, would require all food containing genetically modified organisms to be labeled. Many consumers shy from GMOs, as the shorthand goes, despite little evidence they are harmful to humans. But it’s early yet in the introduction of this technology, and genes can persist for a long, long time, with the potential side-effects on future generations and the environment unknowable.

What is known is how incredibly valuable patented seeds can be.

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