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Presque Isle, Maine


Position:
46°41'N 68°1'W


Datemark:
September 1996

Mission:
Report on genetically modified potatoes

Under Auspices of:
Living on Earth

Results:
Radio feature

SYPNOPSIS
Aroostook County, Maine is responsible for producing billions of pounds of potatoes each year. Potato Beetles have been known to decimate potato plants, but a new hybrid superspud has been genetically engineered to create its own pesticide to try and outsmart the adaptable beetle pests once and for all. I visited Monsanto’s research laboratory where the high-tech potato is being tested, and an organic farmer who thinks the superspud idea is half baked.


  • Listen Superspud! (9:55), broadcast on Living on Earth