Need Safeguards for Gene-Tinkered Foods
James.F.X.Wellehan at dartmouth.edu
Fri Jun 25 18:43:56 EST 1993
In article <1993Jun25.112716.21142 at nstn.ns.ca>
dc_ags at ac.nsac.ns.ca (Don Christie) writes:
> At least some of the reason for antibiotic resistance comes from the
> methodology employed to introduce the desired genes into the host
The antibiotic bit wasn't relevant to my point at all; I shouldn't have
included it in my post.
> As far as the statement `81% of the tests are for herbicide tolerance'
> goes, I'd like to know the source of this statistic... it sounds
> like fertilizer to me...
Good point. _ If_ this stat is true, could someone please provide a
> `(promoting use of polluting chemicals)' ?? From what I've been able
> to gather, anything that doesn't *slam* agrichemical use is by default
> `promoting' them as far as some people are concerned.
It would seem herbicide resistance would be good for only one purpose;
allowing higher levels of herbicides to be used. That would definitely
promote use of polluting chemicals. The biological alternatives to
pesticides, etc. that you mentioned are definitely a more rational
approach to modern farming.
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