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Transgenic Papaya

Papaya is an important source of vitamin A in many parts of the developing world; in fact, the Center for Science in the Public Interest ranked it No. 1 on its list of most nutritious fruits (C. Gonsalves). After a seed is planted, fruit appears in just nine months, and within a year the tree […]

Bt Toxin

A bacteria species called Bacillus thuringiensis, which occurs naturally in the soil, manufactures a poison called Bt toxin. It seems to target plant pests, such as the European corn borer, almost exclusively. Corn and cotton have also been genetically engineered to express the Bt toxin, making the plants poisonous to pests but not to humans. […]

Conventional and Transgenic Cassava

There are areas of the world disproportionately affected by droughts, famines, and malnutrition. Although some argue that food shortages and malnutrition have political or economic roots, the fact remains that weather patterns and prevalence of pests both fall outside the purview of corrupt political systems – in this case, drought- and pest-resistant crops can be […]

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