"We have reassurances from those with a financial stake in GM technology that all is well and allegations from the anti-GM lobby that these organisms present a clear danger to the environment and human health. The truth, of course, is somewhere in between these two positions, and the public deserves a more factual and reliable source of information on this issue." Michael Shelby, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences USA "True environmentalism recognises the need for development, for growing food and making livelihoods available to the poor, and aims to minimise the risks and damage. You will find the real facts discussed here and placed before you in an enthusiastic but always scientifically controlled way." George Ellis, Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, UCT
About the Author
Professor Jennifer Thomson
is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Cape Town and was Head of the Department of Microbiology at the University of Cape Town from 1988 to 2000. She won the L'Oreal/UNESCO prize for Women in Science for Africa in 2004 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Sorbonne University, Paris, in 2005. Her main research interests are the development of maize resistant to maize streak virus and tolerant to drought. Her books include Genes for Africa: Genetically Modified Crops in the Developing World
(UCT Press, 2002) and Seeds for the Future: The Impact of Genetically Modified Crops on the Environment
(Cornell University Press and CSIR Press, 2006).