Earlier this year, Slate ran a biotechnology-related story with this catchy headline and subhead:
The Green Monster: Could Frankenfoods be good for the Environment?
The once fractious public debate over GMOs (genetically modified organisms) appears to have exhausted itself (no one bothered to comment on the Slate story). Some think the debate is over, you know, kind of like climate change. (Hold the pitchforks, I’m just having some ironic fun.)
Personally, I think the issue is much more complex than either the pro or con side let on. So what to make of this recent study in Science discussed by ecologist Garry Peterson over at Resilience Science?¬† I don’t know, but if I could just find a way to link it to hocky sticks or Anthony Watts, I bet I could get some people to think about it and maybe even write a sneering comment.
UPDATE: This recent piece in Yale Environment 360 is worth reading for additional context. And it’s got shades of that other let-the-data-be-free controversy that is much more well known.