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Plant geneticist Pamela Ronald ardently believes that scientific innovation in genetic engineering is the only way to feed the world’s burgeoning population. However, misconceptions about genetically modified foods will halt this progress. Ronald aims to alleviate these fears while sharing success stories from the field. getAbstract recommends her persuasive oration to concerned consumers and to naysayers who denounce genetic modification.


Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) receive a bad rap, yet many of the arguments against GMOs are unfounded. People on both sides of the debate want the same thing – that is, to grow healthy foods to feed the world’s burgeoning population without harming the planet. Agriculturalists have practiced genetic modification for generations. Breeders use various techniques to create new varieties of food, including grafting, which combines two different species, and random mutagenesis, which causes plants to mutate. Rice is the mainstay in the diet of half the world’s population. Yet 70...

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Pamela Ronald is a researcher at the University of California, Davis, and is a co-author of Tomorrow’s Table.

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