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In a world of tradeoffs, where do we draw the line?

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News last week of genetically engineered wheat springing up on the other side of the Columbia begged a simple question: aren’t we getting a little too close to playing God?

You decide.

Most recently, an Oregon farmer found some wheat growing where he didn’t want wheat to grow. He hit it with herbicide. Didn’t faze it. So, he called extension, and they determined it was Roundup Ready.

Serious stuff. Genetically modified wheat is not authorized for commercial sale or planting anywhere on the globe.

It’s banned on earth.

Between 1998 and 2005, the wheat variety was tested in more than 100 plots in 15 states. But because of fears of bio-engineering, the testing stopped and the vari...



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