Sat, 5 Dec 1998 10:44:58 +0000
Jimmy Carter has been known to listen to poor advice. What he leaves out
in this case are two important aspects of genetic engineering in plants
(and animals?). Over centuries plant breeding, intentional and accidental,
did not cross species boundaries. We were not putting genes from Asian rat
into North American maize seeds, nor from an African virus into South
American beans (those may not be accurate but the concept is correct), we
were joining qualities of different potatoes, characterisrics of various
individual cotton plants. Secondly, what most people are asking for, who
are wary of the products of biotechnology international corporations, is
for genetically engineered products to be labelled so each of us can make
our own evaluation, make our own choices. That seems to be what Mr.
Carter's friends fear most. If I recall corrctly Mr. Carter and the Carter
Presidency were a part of the shadowy association named the Tri-Lateral
Commission, one of the lead groups in global corporatism.
Vancouver Island, Canada
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