Both Sides Now

  title={Both Sides Now},
  author={G. Stone},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={611 - 630}
  • G. Stone
  • Published 2002
  • Political Science
  • Current Anthropology
It is rather remarkable that a process as esoteric as the genetic modification of crops would become the subject of a global war of rhetoric. Yet for the past few years Western audiences have been bombarded with deceptive rhetoric, spin, and soundbite science portraying the wonders—or horrors—of the new technology. Books and fullpage newspaper advertisements warn of a wrecked environment and food insecurity; children are brought to demonstrations dressed as monarch butterflies, swooning at the… Expand
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