Biotech, Gene engr. and world food crop risk, fact/fiction?
BEBATES at DELPHI.COM
bebates at news.delphi.com
Fri Aug 12 01:35:06 EST 1994
I have just finished reading Seeds of Change by Kenny Ausubel and am very
concerned about his thories on the risk to the primary world food crops
by genetic engineering of seeds. The focus seems to be not just the
issue of a few pharmaceutical companies controlling the food sources,
but the possibility of weaknesses being bred into germplasm through
generations and with limited diversity having a blight rip through in a
major way that would make the potato famine look like a skipped lunch.
Another issue is the possibility of plants escaping into the wild and
dominating other plants like many non-native nuissances jeapordizing
biosystems around the world today. Those bred to be tollerant of
Monsantos' (or other companies) herbicides would become super plants.
Another concern is the possibility of plants develping weaknesses that
jeapordize other plants. I believe the tobaco undustry is trying to
control home farmers in the north west growing potatoes that carry a
virus innoccuous to potatoes but deadly to tobbaco...
Frankly it scares the S out of me...
Where can i get some facts?
My research paper will focus on the legal issues of EPA biodiversity
regulations, UNEP standards towards sustainability and our responsibility
to future generations to leave them at least as well off as we are today.
Judge E. Brown Weiss reminds us: "As members of the present generation,
we hold the earth in trust for future generations...there are two
relationships that must shape any theory of intergenerational equity in
the context of our natural environment: our relationship to other
generations of our own species and our relationship to the natural system
of which we are a part."
Appreciate any input, direction for more info, etc. Will be glad to pass
on my paper to anyone interested...
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