Volume 86 Issue 42 | pp. 30-32
Issue Date: October 20, 2008

Farm In A Lab

In the heart of Europe, BASF turns to genetic engineering to increase crop yields
Department: Business

IN AN IMMACULATE greenhouse in the painterly countryside near Ghent, Belgium, thousands of rice plants spend their lives under a strictly controlled but seemingly benign regimen of light, water, and soil nutrients.

So visitors are surprised to learn that any effluent from the facility must be treated as hazardous industrial waste. The plants at this CropDesign research site are the products of genetic engineering and are not allowed outside its walls. And although genetically . . .

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