Disney’s Biotech Laboratory making Genetically Modified Food at Epcot

Back in July, Inhabitat reviewed The Land pavilion at Epcot to which I replied with some comments. Now the Orlando Sentinel has an in depth look at some of the actual biotech science going on in the labs of The Land.

Visitors’ only brush with science there might involve Epcot’s programs to grow lettuce in water or to shape vegetables like Mickey Mouse. Yet more complex, far-less-known, potentially more practical and possibly controversial work has been going on side by side with those show projects for years.

In some of those tiny dishes, within microbiology laboratories walled off from the public, one of Epcot’s primary missions is being cultivated specimen by specimen, cell by cell, gene by gene.

The Sentinel story answers one of my earlier questions. Is there Genetic Engineering going on inside the pavilion. Now we know the answer is yes! But it doesn’t* It also answers the corollary — does any of this genetically modified food make it into the Disney Restaurant food that reportedly comes from those giant biodome gardens? No, Disney never serves anything from the genetic labs. (Read)

*Thanks to DizWiz for the catch…