I was surprised by Gordon Fuller’s letter, headlined “GM safety and efficacy unproven” (February 2001, pp. 77–78). For scientists, safety (in anything) can never be proven. As for efficacy, farmers are not the idiots they are sometimes taken to be, but usually hard-headed realists who will only use a practice if it pays them to do so. 

I agree with some (not all) of what Fuller writes. He is correct that public policy requires involvement of the public, but it was misconceived to criticize IFT’s …

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