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The Chimerical World of Agricultural Biotechnology: Food Allergens, Labeling, and Communication

The Chimerical World of Agricultural Biotechnology: Food Allergens, Labeling, and Communication,10.1094/PHYTO.2001.91.6.524,Phytopathology,Karen-Beth

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One of the most important current issues in plant pathology regards genetically engineered (GE) crops. In light of this, the Council of the American Phytopathological Society (APS) re- cently issued a statement that the society "supports biotechnology as a means for improving plant health and increasing plant productivity" (19). Agricultural biotechnology has broadly defined goals of increasing the yield and quality of important crop plants as well as reducing some of the negative environmental impacts associated with many of our current agricultural practices. We have made significant inroads toward harnessing this technology, but recent media coverage of this subject has made clear that these advances and their socioeconomic benefits need to be fully dis- cussed in the context of the public's interest in the potential risks of using this technology. As educators of college students and of the public at large, it is important that we develop reasoned argu- ments concerning risks and benefits of this technology. This letter aims to provide a framework, with examples, that may be useful to those who wish to enter the discussion.
Journal: Phytopathology , vol. 91, no. 6, pp. 524-526, 2001
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