genetically engineered crops

Wed Jun 23 10:10:00 EST 1993

To add one more bite to the discussion on lableing: if a "genetically
engineered" label was mandated, how would it be enforced?  What
measures would have to be taken to to fight fraud?  At the beginning,
when seed distribution is limited, attention can be focused on growers
who by them, but what about in ten years when Ma & Pa's vegetable patch
has engineered tomatoes obtained from who knows where (maybe the seeds
from store-bought tomatoes).  Are we going to check every road-side
stand?  Maybe some genetic labels can be required, but this is still
going to cost quite a bit for all the testing or record keeping.
Yes, these problems can be surmounted, but is it worth it?

Paul S.

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