In 1995, with his Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley, Caius Rommens was invited by Monsanto to lead the biotech giant’s new disease control program.
In a recent article in Independent Science News, Rommens writes:
I should not have accepted the invitation. I knew, even then, that pathogens cannot be controlled by single genes. They evolve too quickly around any barrier to infection. It takes about two to three decades for insects and plants to overcome a resistance gene, but it takes only a few years, at most, for pathogens to do the same.
But he did. Then, in 2000, Rommens left Monsanto and started an independent biotech program at J.R. Simplot Company, one of the largest potato processors in the world.
His goal? Develop GMO potatoes.
In his new book, “Pandora’s Potatoes: The Worst GMOs,” Rommens now renounces that work and outlines all the hidden dangers of GMO potatoes and why they should be taken off the market.