Need Safeguards for Gene-Tinkered Foods

LERICKSO at CROP.UOGUELPH.CA LERICKSO at CROP.UOGUELPH.CA
Tue Jun 22 09:31:28 EST 1993


    With the OPIRG (Ontario Public Interest Research Group posting
Joe Cummins has finally burst onto the international stage with his
anti-biotech ravings following years of increasing neglect in Canada.
Once again he does such a good job of discrediting himself that, once
the laughter has died down, there isn't even the incentive to respond
seriously.
    It's not that there aren't serious social, economic and ethical
issues associated with the genetic engineering of plants and animals,
but it's obvious why Joe Cummins is excluded from many of these
debates or hearings on these issues in Canada. By posting this kind
of science fiction from Dr. Cummins and inviting "...people NOT
trained in these areas..." to enter the debate, OPIRG is showing
incredible bias, which prompts me to ask how they define "research"
and in whose "interest" they are doing research.Larry R. Erickson,
Department of Crop Science,
University of Guelph,
Guelph, Ontario,
Canada  N1G 2W1
Internet: LERICKSO at CROP.UOGUELPH.CA
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