n. The conflict over the safety and health benefits of genetically modified (GM) foods.

Example Citations:
Other new economy issues have other international dimensions. European consumer resistance to genetically modified crops — "Frankenstein foods" or "Farmageddon," as their opponents call them — has escalated into trade fights between the United States and European Union, and shaken struggling United States farmers, who aren't sure if they will be able to sell their crops abroad.
—Bob Davis and Gerald F. Seib, "Policing a wildfire," The Wall Street Journal, May 1, 2000

Across the world there are citizens movements kicking against the (modified) grain. I’ve just come back from India where the ‘cremate Monsanto’ campaigns of farmers and peasants is burning down fields of GM crops. In France, farmers in the Farmageddon movement ploughed up GM fields.
—Alan Simpson, “A first victory against those who want to play God,” The Evening Standard (London), February 10, 1999

Earliest Citation:
The leading cause of devastation in the UK is the way we grow our food. We are conducting a biological “Farmageddon” against the Earth.
—“Turf-battle victory at Offham Hill,” Earth Island Journal, January 1, 1999

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