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Since the mid-1990s, one of the largest and loudest public policy debates in the United States and Europe has been over the introduction of genetically engineered crops. Questions about the safety of these crops—for humans, animals, and the environment—have raged across continents, roiling markets and dividing nations and states over how to view this type of tinkering with nature. The debate has led to increasing consumer awareness of, and activism against, the industrialized farming practices that produce our food, and numerous books have documented an array of concerns over genetically modified crops.
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Joseph F. Rinella, Pixie A. Hamilton, and Stuart W. McKenzie, “Persistence of the DDT Pesticide in the Yakima River Basin, Washington,” U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1090, p. 9, https://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/1993/1090/report.pdf.
Stephen B. Powles, “Gene Amplification Delivers Glyphosate-Resistant Weed Evolution,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 107, no. 3 (January 19, 2010): 955–956, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0913433107.
Charles M. Benbrook, “Trends in Glyphosate Herbicide Use in the United States and Globally,” Environmental Sciences Europe 28, no. 3 (February 2, 2016), doi: 10.1186/s12302-016-0070-0.
Douglas Main, “Glyphosate Now the Most-Used Agricultural Chemical Ever,” Newsweek, February 2, 2016, http://www.newsweek.com/glyphosate-now-most-used-agricultural-chemical-ever-422419.
- Introduction: A Silent Stalker
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