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GMO backlash: Has the world reached ‘Peak GMO’?

| | October 13, 2016
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This article or excerpt is included in the GLP’s daily curated selection of ideologically diverse news, opinion and analysis of biotechnology innovation.

Technology opens doors; society decides whether to pass through those doors…

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If the Internet and the cellphone are any indication, societies today remain capable of embracing technologies with unparalleled enthusiasm. But not every technology. Genetic engineering? Not so much. The question … for farmers is whether the world is capable of embracing biotechnology in agriculture with any enthusiasm at all.

…Three countries — the U.S., Brazil and Argentina — grow more than three quarters of the acres, and it’s not clear how many more they can or will add.

Other countries could take up the slack; China, for example, grew only 3.7 million biotech acres in 2015, to America’s 70 million. Will China and other developing countries step up … if public acceptance continues to be in doubt?

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Our world has one foot through the biotech door. But there’s reason to question whether it will ever walk all the way through. Whether China and other developing countries can get past the public’s doubts may be decisive.

Petroleum-industry people argue endlessly over when planet Earth will reach Peak Oil, the moment of maximum extraction, after which oil goes into decline. In agriculture, you have to wonder if we are already at Peak GMO.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: Have We Reached Peak GMO?

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