Andrew Pollack had an interesting article in the New York Times yesterday that was ostensibly about companies using various techniques to get around regulations surrounding GMOs. But, that's not what I think the key point of his article is. Rather, it emphases exactly how hard it is to define what a "GMO" is and it underscores the lack of precision by opponents of the technology who use the term (and no I'm not referring to the folks shown in the Jimmy Kimmel segment that didn't even know what the acronym stands for). The article also appropriately raises the issue of the costs and entry barriers that exist with the current regulatory regime (a topic I've previously touched on).
Here's what I wrote about the definitional difficulties a couple months ago in the Milken Review:
Then, later in the same article . . .
Some plant researchers from UC Davis were quoted in Pollack's article as saying,