There are huge controversies about genetically modified plants, everywhere. The Europeans just happen to be taking a stand.
The advocates of genetically modified plants want the increased yields, hardiness, and overall economic gain.
The opponants don’t trust the testing that’s been done and don’t like huge agricultural businesses to be in charge of crops. Ecologists in particular are worried about releasing plants into nature whose effect can’t be anticipated.
Big businesses such as Monsanto have gone so far as to sue a farmer whose fields happen to be next to a genetically modified crop, when the Monsanto seed blew into them. (Monsanto won, which is pretty outrageous, since the farmer couldn’t control which way the wind was blowing!)
Some countries have refused to take genetically modified food from the United States.
This problem counts as “exceedingly complicated”. Do we reject some genetically modified plants, possibly at the expense of 100,000s of lives? Is it ok to use a kind of plant, if the crop is only to produce fuel? If it’s not ok to feed to feed humans, is it still ok to feed livestock? If we accept one plant, does that mean we accept a different type of plant, that might have different problems? Who makes the decisions? Who pays when something goes wrong?
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