During the interview, he was asked about GMOs. I do not have his exact quote, but he compared GMOs to electricity. Few people understand exactly how they work, but people accept electricity, and yet remain fearful of GMOs.
If we try to avoid every technology we didn't understand, we'd probably become Amish. Computers, cars, cell phones, and even land line phones. I can't build them, fix them, or find them in nature, and yet I don't question their safety, and I don't hesitate to use them.
While Mr. Bittman said there's no reason to be afraid of GMOs, he also said he doesn't think they are worthwhile. He doesn't believe they have many benefits for farmers, or food production. I halfway agree with him, but I think he's missing the bigger picture.
Up to this point, most GMOs benefit the farmer directly and the consumer indirectly. Farmers can use few and safer chemicals, but we still pay for the technology with our licensing fees to Monsanto. Indirectly, consumers see stable food prices because crop production has remained stable.
Farmers see the benefits of GMOs, as evident by their adoption. We still have many options for growing non-GMO varieties, but most acres are planted to GM varieties.
Now we laugh at these. We can send files via email. We have thumb drives, and the cloud, and large external drives that keep our data.
I agree with Mr. Bittman that today's GM technology is kind of bland. It was exciting when it first came out, but now farmers and consumers want more. We're ready for GM technology 2.0. Someday we'll smile thinking about our round up ready crops, as we look out at our drought tolerant, disease resistant, high nutrient super crops that are feeding a world.