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"Understanding genetics and plant function at a cellular level and finally at a gene level – has revolutionized agriculture. It didn't revolutionize it two years afterwards. We had a new tool. We didn't know – we didn't know what we could do with it. We have since decided, or discovered things we could do with it. And we really probably haven't seen anything yet. The transgenic crops – the GMOs [genetically modified organisms] that are on the market now – were some of the easier ones to work with. Most of them were developed for pest management. We could add a gene that made the crop toxic to an insect or made the crop resistant to an herbicide. But now seed companies are working on adding traits that modify the nutritional characteristics, so that we can make a crop nutritionally more well rounded and to counter some nutrition problems. And there was no way we could have done that before…
     "Molecular biology was really invented since I went to school. And so, much of the public is not particularly familiar with it, and you tend to distrust or be nervous about something you don't understand. And so its important – we need to move – We need to move the public along to a better understanding of this. Otherwise they can't have an informed – they can't have an informed opinion or position on something."

Alex Martin – The DNA Revolution

   

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The Weed Challenge
Silent Spring
How 2,4-D Works
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The Futures Market