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It's not easy being genetically modified. In the UK, where anti-GMO sentiment is still strong, the Guardian reports that David King, the outgoing chief scientific advisor to the government, was using his farewell speech to promote GMO goodwill. He went so far as to say that these foods "are likely to be safer to eat than conventionally produced crops," according to the article, and said that public concerns were largely unfounded.

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