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It's back to speed again. People want results fast. Big companies want to make lots of money out of GE.
Most companies like to make lots of money and they like to make it fast. This is what companies are for but some don't care much who or what gets trampled on in the process. The GE companies would really like to have everyone everywhere eating food made from their gentically modified plants. Then they'd make huge amounts of money because they own the technology needed to produce the seeds. Once they have changed plants by GE, companies can patent them. This means that any farmer who wants to sow that seed must pay money to the company which owns the patent. It means that the farmer has to buy new seeds every year. She can't save her (many small farmers are women) own seeds any more as farmers have done since the start of farming. The company, not the farmer, then has control over who grows what food. Many poor farmers won't be able to afford to buy the seed. Patents on living things has also linked in with a new sort of piracy: biopiracy.
GE is a potentially risky
business. How safe
will it be if most people end up eating GE food most of
the time? What effect will growing all these plants with
funny genes have on other plants or animals over time?
Maybe nothing will happen - or nothing much. Nobody knows
for sure but... fingers crossed!... so far, so good. People
have been eating GM foods since the early 1990s and there
have been no calamities.