>X-POP3-Rcpt: info at golem>From: AnneMarieR at aol.com>Date: Fri, 15 Aug 1997 18:15:48 -0400 (EDT)
>To: pag at scherago.com>Subject: American Genetic Resources Alliance
>>>American Genetic Resources Alliance
>http://www.amgra.org>>Dear Plant and Animal Genome Conference participant,
>>We are writing to urge you to join us in taking action to ensure the
>conservation of one of our most fundamental resources; plant genetic
>resources for food and agriculture.
>>The applied use of genomic science as well as food, health, and
> environmental security are inextricably dependent upon the future
>availability of useful plant genetic diversity. Yet, this diversity is not
>being sufficiently safeguarded by this nation for future generations.
>>~Who We Are~
>We are a group of individuals, companies, and non profit organizations from
>diverse backgrounds who are concerned about plant genetic resources.
> Specifically, we are working to ensure their continued conservation in order
>to prevent the further loss of potentially useful genes. This commitment to
>strengthen plant genetic resource conservation unites us despite differences
>of opinion we may have about other facets of agriculture and horticulture.
>>~What We Are Doing~
>WE ARE NOT SEEKING FUNDING OR DONATIONS. We are seeking to build alliances
>with others who are concerned about food and health issues, agriculture,
>horticulture and environmental quality. Together we are working to build
>public and Congressional awareness about the imperative need to conserve
>plant genetic resources in order to help meet current and future food needs.
>> * It is essential that we, as a nation, take serious and effective measures
>to ensure the continued conservation and availability of plant genetic
>resources, otherwise research opportunities will be lost and the health and
>prosperity of current and future generations will be compromised. *
>>The Publicly funded National Plant Germplasm System is one of the most
>effective ways plant genetic resources for many crops, especially field
>crops, can be conserved. However this program requires sufficient funding,
>which is substantially more than is currently allocated by Congress.
> Increased funding will be approved only when Congress is made aware of the
>fundamental need for plant genetic resource conservation by overwhelming
>>~Please Join Us~
>We would like you to join us in our efforts to support plant genetic resource
>conservation for the benefit of all. WE ARE NOT ASKING FOR DONATIONS OR
>FUNDING. WE ARE asking you to make a contribution by:
>> *Becoming an ally by using our website (http://www.amgra.org) or
>email (annemarier at aol.com) to reply with your name and/or your organization's
>name, to be included among those supporting strengthened plant genetic
>> *Informing your colleagues or your organization's membership about
>plant genetic resource conservation, the NPGS and the work of the American
>Genetic Resources Alliance to support this critically important conservation
>> *Contacting your US Senator and/or Representative to voice your
>concerns about and support for the NPGS.
>We appreciate your time, consideration and foresight.
> Anne Marie Ruff
>>American Genetic Resources Alliance
>2212 Griffith Park Blvd.
>Los Angeles, CA 90039
>http://www.amgra.org>>For more information about our mission, our members and allies, the
>importance of genetic resources or to link your website to ours, please visit
>our website or email annemarier at aol.com>>================================================================
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