Hal Hamilton wrote:
> I feel rather embarrassed by how many people seem to be
> against "genetic manipulation" on principle-what about Wes
> Jackson's plant breeding experiments in Kansas? And I'm
> similarly embarrassed by those who seem against government
> involvement in product regulation (Organic Standards)-are
> you also against building highways and enforcing speed
> limits? As a former dairy farmer, I think BST both stupid
> and probably dangerous. Of course the USDA screwed up the
> recommendations of the NOSB. Of course Monsanto etc. are
> primarily interested in profits, and of course they have
> considerable power to influence government. But our
> "movement" will doom itself to permanent marginality if we
> decide to 1) hold the line against history rather than 2)
> blaze new trails and pull history along. The scientific
> urge to discover new ways to increase yields, resist pests,
> etc. can be symbiotic with sustainable ag. Similarly,
> democratically accountable government is the only
> institution that could (theoretically) be powerful enough
> to restrain market forces for the public good.
> Hal Hamilton
> Center for Sustainable Systems
> 433 Chestnut St., Berea KY 40403
> Phone: (606) 986-5336
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