Genetic modification: Are fears of 'Franken-food' warranted?
Back in 2002 the country was embroiled in a scandal involving the suspected release of genetically modified corn. Corngate, as it will now forever be known, sparked impassioned debate about the potential dangers and ethical dilemmas posed by GM. But, 17 years on, major advances in gene editing - that arguably make GM a bit less ominous - have many scientists calling for politicians to reconsider their positions. Matthew Theunissen asked the country's major political parties whether their stance has changed since the early 2000s, when fears about "Franken-food" were so rife.