I will withhold judgement until I find out more info on it. GMO has been helpful in some areas of research (color coding proteins), and I am sure not so much in others. My concerns are as always long term effects on the environment we leave behind.
I would assume they want to make the barley more resistant to weather shifts and crop pests. Taking a couple of the many variables out of the equation that dictates the price fluctuations from harvest to harvest. If it is a trade off for pesticides and other chemicals sprayed on the barley, I may support it.
Wouldn't a GMO that abides by Organic standards be an Organic product?
I do think gene manipulation is a slippery slope, but I am not convinced it is all bad either.
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