Thursday, May 26, 2005

Blooming GM

Left to their own devices, foxglove plants flower every two years. Apart from the one presented at this year’s Chelsea flower show that is. A foxglove was unveiled, taller and purpler than normal, which flowers every year. I don’t know how this beautiful specimen was arrived at but I suspect, if not full-blown GM, then certainly a bit of genetic tinkering.

As threats to our common futures go, GM, we’re told, is up there with stem cell research, global warming, WMD, bird flu and AIDS. That said, not many of us eat foxgloves as part of our normal diet though honeybees probably do. So is it a case of beware of GM foxglove honey or is the POSIWID of GM simply to make money?

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