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Failure to consider GMO’s effects on society, environment impede crop’s success

| | July 11, 2016
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. . . GMOs have frequently failed to live up to their potential, not because they are inherently flawed, but because they have been deployed poorly into the complex social and environmental contexts of the real world. And I worry that GMOs are sometimes the victims of reductionist thinking, where the focus is on technology and business models, and less on the social and environmental impacts they may cause. . .

Looking forward, I would urge GMO advocates to take a collective step back and think more holistically about GMO technologies and their implications for health, agriculture, economics, culture, society and the environment. . . .

I would also like to see GMOs developed with public funding, or through public-private partnerships, where the findings and intellectual property are put into the public domain. . . Supporting this work . . . would help ensure that any potential social and environmental benefits of GMO technology are put ahead of immediate profits. And it would go a long way in improving the broader public understanding and trust of this technology, which is sorely lacking today.

Read full, original post: GMOS, Silver Bullets and the Trap of Reductionist Thinking

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