Thor Hanson, author of The Triumph of Seeds was doing fieldwork in Central America when he became fascinated by the seeds of a giant rainforest tree known as the almendro. Hard as rock, impervious to hammer blows or chisels, they set him to wondering how seeds are dispersed and how they have shaped human history.
Many people have strong opinions about genetically modified plants, also known as genetically modified organisms or GMOs. But sometimes there’s confusion around what it means to be a GMO. It also may be much more sensible to judge a plant by its specific traits rather than the way it was produced – GMO or not.