Genetic engineering was started more than 20 years ago. Modified by scientists, soybean, maize, rape or cotton varieties are growing today in different countries in the world, nearly six times the size of Poland. And yet, GMO plants, and especially food, have been a source of fear and resistance. In Europe, practically their crops have been banned, although huge quantities of such varieties are imported, mainly soybean. Are such plants safe for human health and the environment? What has changed in agriculture? What does this say about reliable science and do we really need GMOs? Where are our fears over the use of genetic engineering in agriculture, since we are not afraid of the modified organisms in medicine? Is the GMO market the only greedy market?
Marcin Rotkiewicz (born 1972) - journalist with more than 20 years experience of science journalism; working for Polityka, the most influential newsweekly in Poland; scientific interests: biotechnology, evolutionary psychology, human evolution, neuroscience, nuclear energy. Knight Science Journalism Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008/09.