Letter: There’s nothing natural about GMOs
Re: ‘Take a kinder look at good old-fashioned GMOs’ (Metro, Sept. 16)
Letter-writers Matt Brosnan and Kelton Barnsley sound like GMO spokesmen when the try to convince us that “genetic engineering is simply a much faster and more precise” form of the “selective breeding and the hybridization of plants” that farmers have been doing for centuries.
What about the fact that arctic char “antifreeze protein” genes have been spliced into strawberries to give them greater resistance to freezing cold?
Can Messrs. Brosnan and Barnsley explain to us how traditional farming would have hybridized strawberries with a kind of ocean fish? Please! Who are we fooling here? And, by the way, that is not an aberration, but rather a typical, in fact emblematic example of how GMO engineering operates.
Pasquale G. Tato, via email