Ireland's environmental protection agency approved the nation's first trial of the genetically modified potato and this has sparked up yet another debate. Potatoes are an industrial crop; we grow nearly as many of them. In 1800, potato produced more calories per acre than wheat and corn, and virtually did away with the mass-scale hunger many European countries were facing at the time. According to a BBC report, the new GMO potato has been engineered to withstand blight, a dangerous potato disease that "can rapidly turn the vegetable into an inedible mush." It's highly likely that in a field where you were growing 20 varieties of potato, at least a few of those would be resistant to whatever disease might come along. The four-year trial in Ireland is slated to be relatively small — two hectares or around five acres.
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