--Dan Worley in Sunny Puerto Rico--
>Date: Mon, 2 Mar 1998 22:54:33 -0500
>From: Richard Wolfson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Prince Charles joins campaign
>BBC INTERNET NEWS
>Wednesday, February 25, 1998 Published at 07:21 GMT United Kingdom
>Royal support for genetic food withdrawal
>Do you know exactly what you are buying?
>Prince Charles is backing calls by an organic farming lobby group for
>supermarkets to stop selling foods with genetically engineered ingredients.
>The Soil Association has won the Prince's support for its campaign urging
>shops to withdraw modified products from their shelves by 2000.
>It is challenging eight store chains to agree to meet the deadline.
>In a letter sent to 15,000 homes by the Association recently, the Prince
>says that experts should not ask if genetically altering food is possible
>or safe, but whether it is right.
>Prince Charles supports organic farming.The Prince wrote: "I believe that
>this particular technology is so powerful and so far-reaching that we
>should seek ways of engaging a wide range of people and interests in a
>thorough ethical debate about how and where it should be applied."
>The Director of the Soil Association, Patrick Holden says the campaign
>reflects the concerns of shoppers.
>"Consumers are alarmed at the prospect of participating in a genetic
>experiment without their permission, and with no guarantee of a safe
>outcome," he said.
>"There are too many unquantifiable risks involved to justify using
>genetically engineered crops, especially since farmers do not need them and
>they pose a serious threat to sustainable agriculture and biodiversity."
>He challenged Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury, Waitrose, the Co-op, Safeway,
>Somerfield and Marks & Spencer to stop selling food containing genetically
>engineered raw materials.
>The Soil Association also wants the government to follow Switzerland's lead
>and hold a referendum on outlawing genetically modified food.
>Most of the genetically engineered species released so far in America have
>been developed by major agro-chemical companies trying to win farmers over
>to their herbicides.
>At present, less than one out of every 200 British crops are grown
>organically, far less than in countries such as Switzerland.
>Richard Wolfson, PhD
>Consumer Right to Know Campaign,
>for Mandatory Labelling and Long-term
>Testing of all Genetically Engineered Foods,
>500 Wilbrod Street
>Ottawa, ON Canada K1N 6N2
>Our website, http://www.natural-law.ca/genetic/geindex.html
>contains more information on genetic engineering as well as
>previous genetic engineering news items
>Subscription fee to genetic engineering news is $35 for 12 months
>See website for details.
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