Commentary: Biotech Foods Aren't Out Of The Woods Yet

After a year's deliberation, the National Academy of Sciences on Apr. 5 released the most authoritative report so far on one of the biggest controversies of the new century--the safety of biotech foods. The academy's expert committee said it had found no evidence that gene-spliced crops are unsafe to eat. And it endorsed the central principle of the government's existing biotech regulations: that genetically engineered foods pose no special risk simply because they are produced by a new process.

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