2015 William R. and Linda K. Cotter Debate
The 2015 Cotter Debate will focus on broad-ranging issues associated with the development of genetically-modified foods. New technologies may offer the promise of better foods, including nutrient-enriched rice and potatoes that can be fried without producing the carcinogen acrylamide. Many feel that GM crops are needed to feed the world’s ever-growing population. At the same time, concerns about the adoption of these technologies without public vetting and comprehensive and independent risk assessment are widespread. Unease about the heavy use of Monsanto’s Roundup-ready crops in the U.S. increased this spring when the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified the active ingredient in the Roundup herbicide, glyphosate, a probable human carcinogen. Just this summer, Congress debated a right-to-know GMO labelling bill, Scotland banned GM crops, and Pope Francis issued an encyclical urging caution on the use of GMOs.
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