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May 25, 2000


Flounder tomato, ABC News, and more


Subj: Flounder tomato
Date: Thu, 25 May 2000 4:31:08 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: "Quentin B Kubicek"

The tomato you ask is not commercially available in the USA and I am quite
confident no where else. You can check or contact APHIS via the USDA.gov
site. APHIS is responsible for issuing permits to conduct field trials in
the USA.

Rumors get started. They just dont seem to end.

Quentin B. Kubicek
Du Pont

Subj: tomato
Date: Thu, 25 May 2000 3:37:16 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: Scott.Carpenter@aventis.com


From my understanding it was a deep sea flounder gene in a strawberry
aimed at inducing frost resistance through the prevention of the formation
of ice crystals in cells (causing rupture. I read somewhere that it was
not effective. It has not been tested on a large scale let alone
commercialised anywhere to my knowledge (especially in Australia). I am
unable to recall the company off-hand.


Date: May 26 2000 08:44:20 EDT
From: "Tracy Sayler" Subject: ABC News to feature GMO tonight

FYI, ABC will have a special report on GMO on tonight's news (see
lastparagraph of ABC's daily email news preview below). Text of the story
should also be available on their website through Friday,

... And we take a Closer Look tonight at the worldview of genetically
altered crops. In this country, there has been more consumer resistance
to the idea of crops grown from genetically manipulated seed. But in some
developing countries, such as China, farmers are eager to embrace
genetically altered crops that promise greater yields and better
resistance to pests and disease. We will have two reports, from Mark
Litke in China and Richard
Gizbert in Europe.

We hope you will join us for World News Tonight.

Peter Jennings

Subj: Re: [National Survey: Organic Labels Are Misleading]
Date: Thu, 25 May 2000 5:38:57 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: "Alan H.Hall M.D."

By the way, if I remember correctly, the term "organic" to a chemist
simply means that the compound(s) in question contain carbon, hydrogen,
and oxygen. In this sense, ALL foods are "organic" regardless on GM or
not. "CHON" foods (carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen) only add one
element to the mix.


Subj: Cartoon
Date: Thu, 25 May 2000 6:56:08 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: Gordon Couger

Is a cartoon about my opinion of Prince Charles' stand on organic farming.
I hold the copyright and I grant any one the use of this or any other
cartoon or writting I put in this directroy as long as they are not edited
in any way.


Gordon Couger gcouger@couger.com

Stillwater, OK www.couger.com/gcouger
405 624-2855 GMT -6:00

Date: Tue, 23 May 2000 13:21:44 -0400
From: Paul Waggoner Subject: Fertilizer

Although less contentious than biotechnology, fertilizer--especially,
nitrogen--fertilizer has excited interest. Alarming reports
of'exponential growth' of nitrogen use and fallout of nitrogen have been
published. Facts and perspective can be read in

"Nitrogen Fertilizer: Retrospect and Prospect "
Charles R. Frink, Paul E. Waggoner, and Jesse H. Ausubel
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 96:1175-1180, 1999.

The report can be read on line at http://phe.rockefeller.edu/

I send you this message because you are leading the discussion at

Paul E Waggoner 203 974-8494

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