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Mar 16, 2008

Pamela Ronald - The New Organic - A Marriage of GM and Organic


16 March 2008, The Boston Globe, Pamela Ronald -- "BEGINNING IN 1997, an important change swept over cotton farms in northern China. By adopting new farming techniques, growers found they could spray far less insecticide over their fields. Within four years they had reduced their annual use of the poisonous chemicals by 156 million pounds - almost as much as is used in the entire state of California each year. Cotton yields in the region climbed, and production costs fell. Strikingly, the number of insecticide-related illnesses among farmers in the region dropped to a quarter of their previous level.

This story, which has been repeated around the world, is precisely the kind of triumph over chemicals that organic-farming advocates wish for.

But the hero in this story isn't organic farming. It is genetic engineering. ..."

Image and article curated by Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. via The new organic - The Boston Globe.

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