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Date:

June 27, 2000

Subject:

Mae-Wan Ho and Vitamin A rice

 

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Date: Jun 27 2000 19:01:19 EDT
From: Andrew Apel
Subject: Re: Mae-wan Ho

Dear Dr. Jackson:

What you have uncovered in Mae Wan Ho's book is the treatment of a body of
science - which appears in written form - as a branch of literature, which
is then critiqued as such. This necessitates a flexibility with the
interpretation of facts, which at times can be facts, and at others,
symbols for a deeper, perhaps darker, truth. By this sleight of hand,
voila, you have Politically Correct Science. Better yet, Politically
Correct
Non-science.
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Date: Jun 27 2000 19:17:22 EDT
From: Andrew Apel
Subject: Re: Vitamin A gene patent; vitamin A; more-Rich Tomatoes

Dear Dr. Hirschberg:

I am glad to hear that you support the idea of giving developing nations
access to golden rice technology free of charge. I would point out that
this is part of the plan for golden rice technology.

The other part of the plan for golden rice is to sell it to consumers in
developed countries, at a premium over conventional rice, because of its
health benefits. This will help cover the costs of developing it, which
were quite steep.

This would also require some patent protection; yet it occurs to me, that
both purposes can be served with appropriate license/use agreements.

>
> From:
>
> We have decided to provide the gene for free provided that it is used in
> rice according to the inventors' idea that golden rice itself is not
> patented and that it will be marketed to framers in developing countries
> (after breeding) with no extra charge to what they are currently paying
for cultivars distributed to them.
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Date: Jun 28 2000 08:41:13 EDT
From: Andrew Apel
Subject: Ecology Mythology

American Investigator to Air Documentary on Amazon Rainforest Myths
U.S. Newswire
27 Jun 13:26

American Investigator: Documentary Reveals How Hollywood Celebrities'
Efforts Keep Brazilians in Poverty's Shackles

Web site: http://www.americaninvestigator.com

WASHINGTON, June 27 /U.S. Newswire/ -- American Investigator's television
newsmagazine "Amazon Rainforest: Clear-cutting the Myths," hosted by
former CBS and CNN newsman Reid Collins, airs June 30. The documentary
uses scientific evidence and satellite imagery of Amazon in a point by
point refutation of the myths by the Hollywood environmental activist
community. ***

"Clear cutting the Myths" hosts interviews with several prominent
eco-scientists who provide evidence contrary to what environmental
activists in Hollywood and elsewhere present as "fact". It also raises
questions about just how compassionate and informed celebrities are about
the plight of the poor people of the Amazon. ***

Caboclos indigenous villagers along Rio Negro in Brazil on
environmentalists claiming to represent their interests.

Villager Fabio Ferreira: "That is a lie, they do not represent us and they
are representing their own interests.... Not only people from some
organizations, but also individuals look for us and ask: why do you burn
the rainforest and why do you use it? They tell me to keep it untouchable.
And some even exaggerate to the point of saying we have no right to make a
path in the jungle because it will destroy the ecosystem on that path."

Caboclo Janio Oliverra Miranda: "We have no other alternative here of
living, we have to live off the jungle. What are we going to do? Are we
going to rob people or become thieves? We have no other
alternative?"

Caboclo Deuzita Oliveria: "That is our only source where we can get
something to make money with. If people stop us, we'll, we'll die
eventually."

For more on American Investigator's "Amazon Rainforests: Clear-cutting the
Myths" call Marc Morano at 202-543-4787 or go to
www.americaninvestigator.com.
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Date: Jun 27 2000 22:43:44 EDT
From: Roger Morton
Subject: Manager of Nature on world scientists petition.


I just noted this name on the Institute of Science in Society's "world
scientists statement" calling for a moritorium on GE technology
(http://www.i-sis.org/list.shtml)

Lale Gurel, Bec., Manager, Nature, Macmillan Publishers, London, UK.

I sure hope the editors of nature can maintain their independance.

--
Opinons expressed in this posting are personal and do not reflect the
position of my employer
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Subj: Re: Vitamin A gene patent; vitamin A; more-Rich Tomatoes
Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2000 7:10:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: sterling stoudenmire

that is the spirit : the open system of genes for life.
Sterling

>We have decided to provide the gene for free provided that it is used in
>rice according to the inventors' idea that golden rice itself is not
>patented and that it will be marketed to framers in developing countries
>(after breeding) with no extra charge to what they are currently paying
>for cultivars distributed to them.=20
>
>I challenge other holders for patents to follow our steps.=20
>
>Joseph Hirschberg