As long as I am here, blogging among such a broad-based and scientifically minded crowd, it seems a shame to only focus on subjects I already know a little bit about. I have had in mind for a while starting a series of posts that focus on subjects a little off topic for our usual here and ask questions rather than explain or opine. Hopefully I can do a bit more learning this way.
So, coincidentally on another thread, a topic of long standing personal interest and ignorance has come up: genetically modified organisms. I have intuitive misgivings about GM crops, only a very small part of which aligns with the misgivings of the general public (is it safe?). Mostly it is the politics of it and the concept of patenting gene sequences. But I don’t know much about it and don’t have the time to research the issue from scratch.
What do people here think? Are there credible health or environmental concerns about GMOs? Do we want corporate entities owning genetic sequences and by extension any plant or animal with those sequences in its DNA? What are the good resources on this out there?