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Letter to the Editor: Biotech, Natural Not Equals
Posted: July 31, 2006
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3. If a company wants to make "natural" palmarosa by biotech means, it really should incorporate the complete sequence needed to produce the 25 molecules in the genome of the producing bacteria or yeast . This will not be possible before a long, long time. Thus, a product created by biotechnology must be considered as such and not "natural."
4. The claim in the article stating that the cost of energy would be less is false. To produce biotech products, manufacturers need to work in nearly pharmaceutical conditions, if not stricter. This takes a great deal of direct and indirect energy; the statement made is just another false commercial argument.
So my opinion is that instead of convincing people that biotech products are natural, like GMO (genetically modified organisms), it would be much better to teach them that in addition to the two previous categories of products,"natural" and "chemical," there is a third category: "biotech." This way, people can make informed choices without error. Maybe within a few years, biotechnology-produced products will be the new fashion.