An Urban's Rural View
Urban C. Lehner Editor Emeritus
Mon Jan 11, 2016 06:24 AM CST

The Iowa farm tour was going well until the subject turned to genetic engineering. The tourist wasn't sure why, but she knew it was bad. Eventually she spat out an accusation: "You just use GMOs to make money."

Unfazed, the farmer explained that GMOs allow less spraying and work well with no-till. A less diplomatic farmer might have simply responded, "So?" For the accusation begs two questions.

Is it wrong to plant GMOs? The tourist assumed so, but like most Americans she doesn't actually know much about them. The National Academy of Science, the World Health Organization and a lot ...

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