Scott: When it comes to the technology of GMO, is there any current or
potential benefit to that technology, whether it be through a food or
anything else? Is there anything positive that can come from that?
Jeffrey M. Smith: I'm not against genetic engineering, per se. I think you
can genetically engineer a human to correct a defective gene as long as
it's not inheritable, you changing the structure of humanity. And that
might save a person's life.
We can genetically engineer new medicines or cheaper medicines in a factory
but we have to really be careful to account for the potential dangers.
There wes a food supplement called L-tryptophan that was genetically
engineered in the 1980s that caused the death of about a hundred Americans,
caused five to ten thousand to fall sick. The genetic engineering of the
bacteria that produced the tryptophan, was probably the reason why the
deadly epidemic occurred.
I think that genetic engineering is something that can be used in research,
can be used in a laboratory, but it's not responsible to feed the products
of this infant science to the entire population or release it into the
environment where it can never be recalled.