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Letter From The Editor: An Epiphany


Dan Flynn

As recently as last Fall, a now discredited French study threw a little scare mongering into California’s Proposition 37 campaign by depicting tumor growth in rats fed genetically modified (GM) corn. In as long as GM crops have stirred controversy, food safety has been among the issues coming in for attention. But now one of the founders of the anti-GM movement has “discovered science” and come to the conclusion food safety is not at risk from GM food. Epiphanies are always interesting to me, especially one this dramatic. Mark Lynas is today a British journalist and award winning science writer. A speech he gave on Jan. 3 to the Oxford Farming Conference is turning out to be one of those rare game-changers.

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