Genetic engineering of foods is an incredibly complicated topic. After reading a couple of books, listening to experts and talking to farmers, Iâ€™m still not sure what I think about the health and environmental impacts of transgenic food.
But I learned this spring that controlling GMOs, and keeping them out of places where they donâ€™t belong, is really hard. Thatâ€™s the topic of my story in the new (July 9) edition of FORTUNE, called â€œAttack of the Mutant Rice.â€ Itâ€™s all about how some genetically engineered rice got into places it shouldnâ€™t have and the problems that caused, particularly to Americaâ€™s rice farmers and seedsmen. Traveling to Arkansas and meeting the farmers and seedsmen was the best part of doing this story. Rice farms are quite beautiful. And did you know that Stuttgart, Ark., is the rice and duck capital of America?
You can read the article here on FORTUNEâ€™s website but it looks a lot better in the magazine where our photo and design people did their usual excellent job.