The objec­tion to GM in gen­er­al should be the patent­ing of genes and oth­er legal mat­ters; there are a num­ber of crops that have been saved from blight and over­all extinc­tion via mod­i­fi­ca­tion in the past two decades, and much like putting up inac­ces­si­bly expen­sive pay­walls to sci­en­tif­ic jour­nals, patent­ing of genes with­in crops lim­its our abil­i­ty with­in uni­ver­si­ties, small research com­pa­nies, etc to make sig­nif­i­cant break­throughs to fur­ther the sci­en­tif­ic progress of humanity.”