From: Richard Wolfson, INTERNET:firstname.lastname@example.org
To: Patricia Dines, 73652,1202
Date: Tue, Apr 29, 1997, 1:38 PM
Subject: miscellaneous GE updates
Subject: Ireland's Largest Opposition Party Calls for a G-E Moratorium
In a joint statement today the Fianna Fail spokesperson for the
Environment, Noel Dempsey and the spokesperson for Agriculture, Joe Walsh
T.D. set out the Party's position in relation to the genetic enegineering
"We are deeply concerned about the development and sale of genetically
modified organisms, whether they are used in agriculture, food or food
processing. It is our position that it is premature to release genetically
modified organisms into the environment or to market foods which contain
any genetically modified ingredient, or where genetically modified
organisms have been used in the production of the food." ...
"Fianna Fail will not support what amounts to the largest nutritional
experiment in human history."
Date: 25 Apr 1997 22:46:28 -0600
Subject: India Destroys Illegal GE Test Field
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INDIA STOPS GENETICALLY ALTERED CROP The Agricultural Research Institute
was forced to destroy a test field of eggplant that had been genetically
engineered for insect resistance. The researchers did not have permission
to grow the genetically altered crop, and could face fines and prison terms
under India's Environmental Protection Act. "Bitter Fruit," WALL STREET
JOURNAL, February 4, 1997.
RESOURCES "Bija: The Seed," a quarterly monitor on biodiversity,
biotechnology and intellectual property rights; Research Foundation for
Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy, A 60 Hauz Khas, New Dehli
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Hungarians Have Become Laboratory Rabbits
Actions Against Genetically-Engineered Food
Date: April 26, 1997 Time: 4pm Place: Vorosmarty Square, Budapest,
"Eleven years after the Chernobyl nuclear accident, Eastern Europe remains
the dumping ground and laboratory rabbit for unproven, unsafe, and
Western technologies. Western Europeans are rejecting
food, so western multinational corporations (MNCs) are moving east in an
attempt to find a market for their dangerous and unpopular products.
advantage of the lack of legislation and an unaware population," - said
Daniel Swartz of ANPED.
Therefore, on April 26, in Budapest's Vrsmarty Square, the ANPED
Production and Consumption Project along with the Energy Club and ETK, in
cooperation with local organic shops and Biokultura (the Hungarian Organic
Farmers Association) and several other environmental organizations (NGOs),
held an action to call attention to genetic engineering (GE) of food in
Hungary. Speakers included Veronika Mra (ETK) and members of the Energy
Similar actions have been held world-wide in over 30 countries April 21-26
during the Global Days of Action Against Genetically Engineered Food,
the US, Georgia, Brazil, UK and Ethiopia. Among hundreds of other actions,
protestors from the Dutch coalition, A Differnt Europe, delivered a huge
gentically-modified corncob to the EU Environmental Ministers( meeting in
Amsterdam; and 50 UK activists occupied Monsanto(s boardroom.
from: The Vancouver Sun, March 3rd, 1997,
by Margaret Munro Sun Science Reporter
While worldwide controversy rages over the recent cloning of a Scottish
sheep, thousands of genetically engineered salmon that grow many times
faster than normal fish are swimming around holding tanks in West
There's also a possibilty, he [researcher Bob Devlin] says, that the
altered fish, with their huge appetites might out-eat wild stocks. ...
"There is a possibilty genetically reprogrammed fish with their voracious
appetites might thrive in some ares, reproduce and start out-competing wild
fish. "We are unable to predict the impacts at this stage," says Devlin,
whose team has found in lab trials that the transgenic fish out-compete
wild fish for food.
Comment: How long do you think before an "accident" happens and the mutant
fish gets into the wild?
Richard Wolfson, PhD
Campaign to Ban Genetically Engineered Food
Natural Law Party
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Ottawa, ON Canada K1N 6N2
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