Fwd: NBC News - Genetics
Tue, 24 Mar 1998 07:27:49 -0800
>Date: Tue, 24 Mar 1998 08:38:30 -0500
>From: "tawndor" <email@example.com> (by way of BIODYNAMIC MAIL LIST)
>Subject: NBC News - Genetics
>After being alerted by the BD mailing list, I tuned in to NBC last night
>to watch Tom Brokaw read the news. Sighhh.
>First, a story about the global epidemic of mutated frogs -- missing
>legs, eyes, testes, and so forth -- and a statement that much of this
>was likely caused by the runoff of Ag chemicals.
>Second, a story on the horrors of child laborers in the fields of
>industrial ag concerns. The horror of it. Their exposure to toxic
>pesticides and herbicides. The death of one child in these conditions
>every five days.
>Third, finally, a story extolling the wonderful new things that are
>happening to food as a result of Genetic Engineeering, and how --
>Hallelujah! -- one day soon, thanks to this, we can eat all the potato
>chips we want without worrying about fat.
> Not a whisper of concern. Not one person to even cock an eyebrow in
>skepticism. And a total disconnect from the just-reported stories on
>child labor and amphibian mutation -- as if these were not all part of
>the same continuum that is bringing us the genetically tampered food
>products of the immediate future.
>I will write to NBC. But -- my strongest response to the broadcast --
>is to understand more clearly what we are up against here. It is vast
>and dark. Our CSAs may be our Arks. That's a thought I had never had
>before. But the NBC news was so grim and unthinking that the CSA as ARK
>notion erupted into consciousness.
>Hang on tight. It's going to be a bumpy ride to (and beyond) the
>Millennium. - Steven McFadden
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