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Date:

June 9, 2000

Subject:

ACTIVISTS CHANGE STANCE ON GMOs AFTER SCIENTISTS GENETICALLY ALTER

 

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ACTIVISTS CHANGE STANCE ON GMOs AFTER SCIENTISTS GENETICALLY ALTER MARIJUANA
(AP)

June 9, 2000
AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND -- The debate over agricultural biotechnology took
a sharp turn yesterday as Dutch scientists announced that they have
produced genetically altered marijuana plants which are more potent
than those found in nature. "By replacing a single gene we have
developed plants which produce over 100 times as much THC, the active
ingredient in marijuana," said Dr. Wim van Halder, project leader at
Amsterdam based BioCenter.

The recent discovery has already affected the discourse concerning
genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as members of organisations
such as Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth have begun to embrace the
technology. "I was, like, totally against genetic modification," said
Nigel Robinson, a British member of Greenpeace, "but this
changes everything!"

Paul van Poppel, a spokesman for the Dutch branch of Friends of the
Earth also expressed appreciation for the discovery, saying that
biotech research is finally moving in the right direction. "For years
they have been telling us that biotechnology would feed starving
people and help the environment," he said while inhaling smoke
through a water pipe. "But now the GM scientists have finally given
us something of value." Added van Poppel: "By the way, could you pass
me that bag of peanuts?"

Other outspoken critics of GM technology were not as optimistic.
Mae-Wan Ho of the Open University's
Institute of Science in Society and Biology Department observed that,
"increased THC levels may horizontally transfer through the taste
buds, causing uncontrollably high levels of the munchies." A
spokesman for Prince Charles also expressed concern and said that
increased appetite levels may be extremely dangerous for some people,
such as HRH's personal friend Vandana Shiva: "I mean, she's big
enough already. Taking genetically modified superweed could only make
matters worse."

Shiva, who is currently blocking food aid to cyclone victims in
Orissa, could not be reached for comment.