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Harvesting Biotechnology
Aired 11/25/1999

Think Tank inspects genetically modified foods. These foods can be engineered to resist frosts, diseases, insects, and herbicides. Genetically modified crops now cover about a quarter of U.S. cropland. However, acceptance of this relatively new technology is not universal. European critics call GM foods “Frankenstein Foods,” and environmentalists worry that they could upset a delicately balanced ecosystem. Do existing benefits outweigh potential harms?
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  Marc Cohen
    member of International Food Policy Research Institute and editor of “Hunger in a Global Economy.”
  Margaret Mellon
    director of the Agriculture and Biotechnology Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists and co-author of “The Ecological Risks of Engineered Crops”
  Morris Levin
    research professor at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute and co-editor of “Engineered Organisms in Environmental Settings”

Originally Aired: 11/25/1999

   
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