For thousands of years, humankind has learned to save seeds from the plants we eat so that we can sow seeds again the next year for more food. Some plants were bigger or had more fruit, while others were able to survive cold snaps. We learned to save seeds from the best plants, and so it was.
In the process, humans have also evolved and become smarter, right? And now we can open the heart of the seed and ask it to do things it never did before — like kill insects. Spraying pesticides on plants is archaic — we can now put the pesticide right into the plant. Science at its best once again! You bet!
Then the manufacturers of the fabled Agent Orange got into the act and developed plants that could withstand chemical defoliation — at least for a while, until developing resistance and “superweed” is born. No, not the kind you smoke.
But a few folks who were not happy with what was happening with seeds decided these new plants should go up in smoke.
This is a true story. See politicalblind-spot.org/ eco-revolution-gmo-crops -torched-in-america.