Thank you for visiting nature.com. You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain
the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in
Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles
Five years ago, I found myself profoundly disillusioned with the discourse on genetically modified (GM) organisms in Europe, and eventually left to pursue research across the Atlantic. Having grown up in India and moved to Switzerland to earn a PhD in one of Europe’s few remaining plant biotechnology laboratories (a lab where the pioneering golden rice was developed), I found the European rejection of plant biotechnology to be an example of first-world privilege.