Seeds of Doubt? Or Truth?
Gene jockeying manifests in genetically engineered (GE) or genetically modified (GM) seeds, i.e., seeds that have been altered in laboratories to possess certain characteristics. The merits and concerns surrounding the repercussions of widespread uptake of genetically modified seeds were highlighted earlier this year, when a New Yorker Magazine profiled Vandana Shiva in a piece entitled “Seeds of Doubt.” The piece, which was supportive of the introduction of genetically modified cotton seed (Bt cotton) in India and critical of Shiva’s concerted campaign and practical efforts to ban GMO seed from the country, prompted a detailed response entitled “Seeds of Truth” published first on her website and subsequently reposted prolifically around the internet. Shiva’s response elicited a published reply from New Yorker editor David Remnick.