Farmers see the benefit of genetic engineering because it's made their work safer, said Don Lee, genetics professor at University of Nebraska, when he spoke to Managing Editor Susan Winsor. Lee also talked about the benefits of golden rice, as well as the naturally occurring process and the safety of the foods.
Lee said that genetic engineering for herbicide resistance has helped employ no-till practices, saving water and soil. "There's a lot of benefits that come from the technology (of genetic engineering)," he said.
The genetic engineering technology has been used to develop medicines, and is safe and effective, said Lee. It has greatly improved medical technology, and those same kinds of improvements can be made in our food system," he says.