Mother Jones recently published a story called “5 surprising genetically modified foods” that listed papayas, sweet corn and squash among produce items that even now could be genetically modified.
I wonder how deep and wide the consumer sensitivity to biotech fresh produce will be going forward. If the Arctic apple doesn’t gain acceptance, will a biotech citrus variety that can resist the devastating citrus greening disease be embraced by growers? What would consumers think if scientists could incorporate potent anti-aging characteristics into fruits and vegetables through biotechnology?
In that case, would GMOs still be “unacceptable and unconscionable”?
I wonder if the “future shock” of advances in gene technology will leave this debate far behind, much as we look at the once-spirited worries about the microwave oven radiation.
In a CNN article about futurist Ray Kurzweil’s predictions for the next 20 years, Kurzweil made this amazing claim:
"We also have new tools that allow us to actually reprogram our biology in the same way that we reprogram our computers.
RNA interference, for example, can turn genes off that promote disease and aging. New forms of gene therapy, especially in vitro models that do not trigger the immune system, have the ability to add new genes."
I have a feeling that the future shock that Americans will experience in the potential to manipulate our own “programming” may soon overshadow passionate concerns about a non-browning apple.