I guess parody and character asssassination is the last resort of those who
cannot defend their postions with rational arguements. Grow Up.
At 13:07 10-06-00 EDT, Fred Johnson wrote:
>ACTIVISTS CHANGE STANCE ON GMOs AFTER SCIENTISTS
>GENETICALLY ALTER MARIJUANA
>June 9, 2000
>AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND -- The debate over agricultural biotechnology took a
>sharp turn yesterday as Dutch scientists announced that they have produced
>genetically altered marijuana plants which are more potent than those found
>in nature. "By replacing a single gene we have developed plants which
>produce over 100 times as much THC, the active ingredient in marijuana,"
>said Dr. Wim van Halder, project leader at Amsterdam based BioCenter.
>The recent discovery has already affected the discourse concerning
>genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as members of organisations such as
>Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth have begun to embrace the technology. "I
>was, like, totally against genetic modification," said Nigel Robinson, a
>British member of Greenpeace, "but this changes everything!"
>Paul van Poppel, a spokesman for the Dutch branch of Friends of the Earth
>also expressed appreciation for the discovery, saying that biotech research
>is finally moving in the right direction. "For years they have been telling
>us that biotechnology would feed starving people and help the environment,"
>he said while inhaling smoke through a water pipe. "But now the GM
>scientists have finally given us something of value." Added van Poppel: "By
>the way, could you pass me that bag of peanuts?"
>Other outspoken critics of GM technology were not as optimistic. Mae-Wan Ho
>of the Open University's Institute of Science in Society and Biology
>Department observed that, "increased THC levels may horizontally transfer
>through the taste buds, causing uncontrollably high levels of the munchies."
>A spokesman for Prince Charles also expressed concern and said that
>increased appetite levels may
>be extremely dangerous for some people, such as HRH's personal friend
>Vandana Shiva: "I mean, she's big enough already. Toking genetically
>modified superweed could only make matters worse."
>Shiva, who is currently blocking food aid to cyclone victims in Orissa,
>could not be reached for comment.
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