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Wednesday, October 29, 2003
The Atlantic | October 2003 | Will Frankenfood Save the Planet? | Rauch

: "The great problem, then, is to get through the next four or five decades with as little environmental damage as possible. That is where biotechnology comes in.

One day recently I drove down to southern Virginia to visit Dennis Avery and his son, Alex. The older Avery, a man in late middle age with a chinstrap beard, droopy eyes, and an intent, scholarly manner, lives on ninety-seven acres that he shares with horses, chickens, fish, cats, dogs, bluebirds, ducks, transient geese, and assorted other creatures. He is the director of global food issues at the Hudson Institute, a conservative think tank; Alex works with him, and is trained as a plant physiologist."

Jonathan Rauch is a correspondent for The Atlantic and a senior writer for National Journal. He is also a writer in residence at the Brookings Institution and the author of several books, including Government's End: Why Washington Stopped Working (1999).

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