“I’d like the genetically modified organic food, please”

It turns out that much of the organic food in the U.K. has genetically modified components, usually soya:

Transgenic soya was found in ten of 25 organic or health food products tested by Mark Partridge and Denis Murphy, biotechnology researchers at the University of Glamorgan in Pontypridd, Wales. Eight of the ten were labelled either as ‘organic’, which should indicate the absence of transgenic ingredients under Soil Association rules, or explicitly as ‘GM-free’.

My take: Who cares? But the study does show just how arbitrary categories and labeling distinctions can be. “It’s all made out of matter,” I am fond of saying.


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