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Word of Mouth

The Broken Olive Branch

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Produced with Emma Ruddock

Nearly 70% of food on American supermarket shelves contains genetically-modified ingredients. In Europe, only 5% of commercial food is GM, and that number is shrinking, due to an entrenched and vocal opposition. The genetic rights foundation, a Rome-based NGO, recently claimed victory in popular opposition to modified crops. The GRF urged the Italian government to destroy a grove of transgenic olive and cherry trees that were part of 30-year-publicaly –funded research project. The government quickly complied, despite appeals from researchers. Leigh Phillips has been covering the story as is science reporter for Nature.