The controversy over genetically modified foods is more political than scientific, says Archbishop Renato Martino, former Vatican ambassador to the UN and current head of the Vatican's council dealing with social issues. "I lived 16 years in America and I ate what came from the market, what was given to me," says the Archbishop. "So far I have had no ill effects." What's more, consider the young cleric-to-be's diet back in his Open City days:
Martino says during the Second World War in Italy he and others ate bread that was made of powdered marble as well as flour to give it substance.
"But we ate it because that's what we had," Martino said.