On Mon, 13 Mar 2000 14:13:42 -0600, E. Ann Clark wrote:
>deal with the "misses" in their own fields (see Laird talk for examples). I don't think
>I've heard of fundamental "off-types" from conventionally bred cultivars affecting large
>numbers of farmers, analogous to the 30,000 ac of RR cotton that had the bolls fall off
>in 1997 - have you?
I think North Dakota just recalled (at the multiplication stage,
thankfully) a new strain of Navy bean whose husk turned out to fall off
in processing, turning the whole thing to mush. They caught it at this
stage because they weren't so horny as the GMO folks to bring stuff to
>> *My* biggest concern about GMO food is that the most common "truck" for
>> moving genes around seems to be cauliflower mosaic virus, the genetic
>> make-up of which bears enough similarity to HIV that certain nightmare
>> scenarios can't be entirely dismissed.
>You've provided a good illustration of yet another inherent "process" feature which
>distinguishes GMO from conventional breeding, and another reason to distance ourselves
>from all GMO's until such issues can be addressed. Ann
I am more interested in stimulating good, solid discussion than I am in
advocating any particular position...
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