The local paper, the Sacramento Bee (SacBee) just ran a piece on Monday on the GMO controversy.
Few places are more in the thick of it than right here in Davis, CA and the Sacramento region more generally. Some of the earliest GMO plants were created right here in Davis including the Flavr Savr tomato. Monsanto also has a big presence here.
Over the years, anti-GMO protestors regularly protest the company in this area. Monsanto moved its local presence from Davis to nearby Woodland, CA, but the protests continue. There’s a notable tension in this area because on the one hand people here value organic foods and some do have concerns on GMOs, but on the other hand it is a university town full of scientists and more specifically probably thousands of plant scientists. Note that I’m not a plant scientist myself.
There is a more general divide nationally mentioned in the article on how scientists see GMOs versus the general public;
“A recent Pew survey found that while 88 percent of scientists say GMO foods are safe to eat, 57 percent of Americans believe they are unsafe.”
How do you feel about eating GMO foods? What did you think of the SacBee piece?