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Greenpeace calls GMOs “genetic pollution.” But if GMOs are to be completely out of the picture, it might mean there are no vegetables enriched with cancer-fighting chemicals, drought-resistant corn, allergen-free peanuts, and bananas that deliver vaccines.
Here are some other potential breakthroughs that could be lost:
Oranges in Florida are under attack from a citrus-greening virus . . . Despite generations of breeding, no citrus plant resists greening. . . A plant pathologist at Texas A&M is developing virus-resistant oranges (see Can Genetic Engineering Save the Florida Orange?).
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Avian flu devastated chicken and turkey flocks . . . last year, affecting about 48 million birds. . . But a team of U.K. researchers has developed a genetically modified chicken. . . that doesn’t pass the virus onto other birds. . . .(See Want a Bird Flu-Free World? Consider Breeding Resistant Birds.)
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There are not enough fish in the ocean to feed the 9 billion people expected on the planet by 2050, so scientists have been looking for years at ways to farm fish using fewer resources. . . the Food and Drug Administration . . . approved salmon genetically modified to grow . . . faster than regular salmon.
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