Need Safeguards for Gene-Tinkered Foods

Dale Schouten schouten at sp95.csrd.uiuc.edu
Wed Jun 30 12:12:08 EST 1993


In article <20qro0$g55 at uniwa.uwa.edu.au> brent at psy.uwa.oz.au (Bucksteroony) writes:

>stcmille at nickel.ucs.indiana.edu (Stephen C. Miller) writes:
>
>>Just about every important species of animal and plant that humans rely
>>upon for food has been genetically manipulated - often virtually beyond
>>recognition.  Corn is perhaps the best example of this. However any
>>plant that is selectively bred is at least somewhat "artificial."
>
Certainly.  As a matter of fact (from what I understand), corn can't survive
without human intervention.

>>It's hard for me to understand wht the fuss is about with genetically
>>engineered foods, since the genes being introduced are for the most part
>>known quantities, as opposed to, say, hybridizing with wild species,
>>whose properties may be completely unknown.  it seems to me that
>>genetically engineered foods would probably be safer because of this.
>
>Are you allergic to wheat?
No, are you?



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