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Date: Jul 19 2000 02:11:10 EDT
From: "Hugh Edwards"
Subject: GM food and animal testing query
In a recent edition of an Australian newspaper 'The Weekly Times', a
letter was printed which cited US and Canadian research findings that
animals had refused to eat GM foods to the point of starvation.
Is this an extension of Professor Pusztai's research with rats and
potatoes, or are there additional studies which have resulted in such
Any assistance with this would be greatly appreciated.
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2000 2:49:48 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: Matthew Metz
It seems obvious that the Green Party is really (NO-CRAP) the new
Communist Party in the US reading their platform. It also seems obvious
that their stance on biotechnology is modeled after the anti-science of
Subject: Biotechnology in beef production
Posted to: Biotech-Mod3
This is from Gregory Harper, Australia.
I appreciate the energy so many of you are putting into this conference.
I was recently involved in the 15th Australasian Biotechnology Conference
in Brisbane, Australia. Amongst the enthusiasm for "red biotech" (human
medicine) and the fears for "green biotech" (agricultural
biotech), I think some common themes emerged.
Firstly, I think we as scientists need to be even more active about
explaining and discussing our plans for agricultural biotech than we have
been. I guess this may be quite hackneyed now for some of us, but I think
the Australian community is just now starting to hear the debate and
become involved. At our conference [we] were lucky that so many of the
groups who have not previously had an opinion about biotech, were seeking
information. By this I mean local government, the investment, public
policy and legal communities. I think this role for scientists is likely
to grow over the next decade.
In the context of continuing the international debate, I think the
petition approach of Prakash from Tuskegee University, is important:
Secondly, I think it is appropriate for us to spend more energy
integrating our particular biotechnologies into the production systems
that we work on. In my field, beef production, I think it is important to
communicate the role that biotech is already playing in selective
breeding, accellerated reproduction, growth management, health
diagnostics, eating quality management, species verification, trace-back
and product differentiation in the market place. I think that it is our
role as biotechnologists, to broaden the debate from undue focus on
genetic modification to encompass all the various applications of
bioscience. In so doing we will help the community to see biotechnology
in relation to products and processes they
are familiar with. By over-emphasising the importance of transgenic
solutions, we are likely to lose the support of people within the value
chain who are dealing with more urgent problems of profitability and
Gregory S. Harper PhD
Fat deposition project
Cattle and Beef Quality Cooperative Research Centre CSIRO Livestock
Molecular Animal Genetics Centre
Level 3, Gehrmann Laboratories
University of Queensland
St. Lucia, 4067
Ph 61 7 3214 2441
Fax 61 7 3214 2480
mobile 0418 790 486
Subj: A Simple solution
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2000 12:00:20 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: Gordon Couger
Wiht much of the world saying they want GM free food I propose that we
market a GMO free labeled line of products. With the tests we now have we
can test for the presence of genetically modified contents and have a
product that can the customer can be assured it GM free.
This is the same method used world wide for organic produce, Kosher and
other ethnic and specialty food.
If some one or some country wishes to buy only GM free products I see no
problem wiht it. Just let them pay for the special processing and testing
like is don't for every other specialty product.
If the GM free products are in the demand that their promoters seem to
think they are the market place will develop the segregated planting,
harvesting, storage, packing and shipping facilities necessary to make
such products possible. Instead of the gene freaks trying to disrupt the
entire food distribution system of the world.
The one interesting thing about GM free products is that they can be
tested to see if they are truly genetically unmodified according to the
standards set forth. This is a first for specialty food. Kosher, organic
and other labled food has no way of being checked for truth in labeling.
I think that given a choice of GM free food for $2.00 per unit compared
to regular food at $1.00 a unit the vast majority of the people will vote
for the less expensive food. I could be wrong and I would welcome an
effort to prove me wrong. Set unsubsidized GM free food on the shelf and
see how it sells.
I would also like a chance to set Hormone treated BSE free beef Grown in
the USA and Canada in EU super markets at free market prices and see how
many folks in the EU realy are afraid of hormone treated beef.
My latest cartoon is www.couger.com/gcouger/gmo/shiva.gif
Date: Jul 19 2000 08:41:21 EDT
From: "Frances B. Smith" (by way of C. S.
Subject: NCC Food Group's New Web Page
I thought you would be interested in the debut of a new food web site --
sponsored by the NCC's pro-market Food Group. Check it out, and link, if
you like. Send it out to others who might be interested in
our perspective on food issues. Your suggestions for improvements would be
Frances B. Smith
National Consumer Coalition
"Protecting Consumers' Real Interests"
For release: July 18, 2000
Contact: Frances B. Smith 202-467-5809
www.foodstuff.org goes on-line
The National Consumer Coalition's Food Group has launched
<http://www.foodstuff.org/>www.foodstuff.org, an information resource on
food policy issues. NCC's Food Group, organized by Consumer Alert, is made
up of six pro-market non-profit organizations that monitor, discuss,
report and coordinate work on food issues.
The new website combines food news, publications, resources and useful
links. The NCC Food Group's monthly newsletter "On the Plate" is
available, as well as information relating to five major food
issues: biotechnology, agriculture, food & trade, food safety and labeling.
Besides articles from Food Group members, the site features other
food-related publications from private and government sources.
Foodstuff.org also includes useful links to government, academic,
industry and other sources -- national and international.
Under biotechnology, visitors can find information and publications on the
Biosafety Protocol, a petition supporting biotechnology signed by over two
thousand scientists, links to new studies by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture, and other topical information. The agriculture
area includes Food Group members' comments on the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's proposed rule on organic food, articles
on domestic agriculture subsidies and quotas, including milk and sugar,
and information on foreign ag policies.
Food and Trade includes reports from members who attended the WTO meeting
in Seattle, analysis from international organizations, such as the World
Bank and the Australian Bureau of Agriculture and
Resource Economics, on the future of agricultural trade, and new studies
on top issues, such as trade with China and the European common
agricultural policy. Food safety includes tips for consumers from private
and government experts, as well as general food safety information.
Special sections are devoted to food irradiation and the economic,
scientific and policy issues related to the use of pesticides in
The food labeling page includes articles on mandated vs. voluntary
labeling of food derived from modern biotechnology, as well as links to
the current U.S. food-labeling regulations, and information for wine
connoisseurs on the differences in European and U.S. labeling laws. The
news section, updated regularly, keeps visitors informed about important
happenings in the areas of food policy, science, and other marketplace
The NCC Food Group members include Consumer Alert, Citizens Against
Government Waste, Competitive Enterprise Institute, American Council on
Science and Health, Hudson Institute, and the National Center for Public
Policy Research. The NCC is an on-going coalition of 22 pro-market groups
whose members number over 4 million consumers.
To check out the new Foodstuff site visit
Date: Jul 19 2000 09:47:01 EDT
From: Eric Lewis
Subject: Seattle Anti-Biotech Demonstration
Below is a release from the Organic Consumers Association and Friends of
the Earth concerning a rally they are staging to take place this afternoon
Demonstrate Against Genetically Engineered Foods!
Seattle, July, 19th, Noon
Please join the Organic Consumers Association and Friends of the Earth
rally against GMO's.
Please help get the word out about this rally/press conference on July
What: A Press Conference and Rally to launch the new national Genetically
Engineered Food Alert campaign.
Corporate targets will be announced.
Who: A national coalition of environmental, sustainable agriculture,
sustainable seafood, and food safety groups, chefs, farmers, fishers, and
scientists are working together to launch this campaign on July 19 in
Over 20 cities across the U.S. Speakers:
-Craig Winters, Executive Director, The Campaign to Label Genetically
-Philip L. Bereano, Professor, Department of Technical Communication,
College of Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle
-John Foss, Executive Director, Sustainable Fisheries Alliance, Seattle
"Frankensalmon is Coming"
When: July 19, 12 noon
Where: The Capitol Hill Safeway, at Mercer and Broadway Streets, Seattle
FRANKENSALMON- The giant 25 foot inflatable will be present.
Come demonstrate against the use of consumers as guinea pigs for untested
genetically engineered foods! Please bring a sign or banner and bring some
For more information please contact:
Lisa Ramirez at Friends of the Earth, Seattle 206/297-9460
Angela Hill Washington State Field Organizer,
Seattle Organic Consumers Association 206/329-0206
The Campaign to Label Genetically Modified Foods
The Genetically Engineered Food Alert campaign demands that genetically
engineered food ingredients or crops are not allowed on the market unless:
1) Independent safety testing demonstrates they have no harmful effects on
human health or the environment,
2) They are labeled to ensure the consumer's right -to-know, and
3) The biotechnology corporations that manufacture them are held
responsible for any harm.