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Date:

April 1, 2000

Subject:

Combined Postings

 





<br /> Combined Postings<br />

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Four postings below

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Richard D North <richarddnorth@compuserve.com>.  a
journalist from England has an excellent article on the GMO issue at
the website of  The Institute of Economic Affairs at
http://www.iea.org.uk,  in the "Environment" section?.
I encourage you to please take a look at it

- CSP

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Eike Grieß  DE-HILDEN <E.Griess@de.qiagen.com>

Subject: WG: Greenpeace comments



please find below a reply from Mr. Haerlin of Greenpeace on the
article

recommended by Malcolm Lawler previously.

...............

bhaerlin@greenpeace.de,      
www.greenpeace.org

......................

Re: Todays "New Genes and Seeds: Protesters in Europe Grow More
Passionate"

By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.



Ladies and gentlemen,

In the article above I have been misquoted
and discredited in a way that needs rectification. Please find
attached a letter to that end.best regards

Benedikt Haerlin

Genetic Engineering Coordinator
Chausseestr.131, D-10115 Berlin, Germany+49 30 308899-16, or +49 171
8780813, external email: BHAERLIN@GREENPEACE.DE



I was surprised by some of the quotes
attributed to me in your article on genetically altered food. Neither
did I say in my speech at The Hague that "any scientists were
liars" nor did I later "dismiss(ed) the importance of
saving African or Asian lives at the risk of spreading a new
science."



I have no idea what triggered Mr McNeil's
first misquote, but I do remember a lively discussion I had with him
and others on the latter subject. In fact I did not dismiss it but
expressed my dismay the the issue of hunger and human misery were
abused to promote genetically engineered products. I said that I was
not aware of a single genetically engineered crop on the market save
lives in any part of the world. What I said in my remarks in front of
the 200 participants of the conference was that "the inequality
in access to food is still one of the fundamental shames of this
world, which leaves hundreds of millions of people hungry and
malnourished at a stage of substantial overproduction of food".
This is not only true for Asia and Africa, but even for the US,
where, according to the USDA, 11 million people are hungry, while
nearly one quarter of all food produced is spoiled.



It is not genetic engineering that will
feed the world but access to food and land and knowledge. Mr. McNeil
also claims that "few Americans have noticed" the advent of
genetically modified food. Yet nearly 300,000 Americans wrote to the
Department of Agriculture on proposed organic standards, with more
comments calling for excluding GMOs than any other issue. A Time
magazine poll last year found that 81% of Americans want labels on
GMO food, with almost 60% saying that they would avoid buying such
foods if they were labeled. There is also currently legislation in
both houses of Congress calling for mandatory labeling of GMO food,
and nearly 50 Congresspeople wrote to the Food and Drug
Administration last October calling on the agency to "(R)everse
its course of action and institute requirements for the labeling of
all genetically engineered and modified foods".



Finally, the call for a ten year
moratorium on releases of GMOs in Switzerland has not been voted down
in a referendum, but is actually a proposal of the Swiss Environment
Protection Agency (BUWAL), the agency charged with regulating the
release and commercialization of transgenic crops. Benedikt Haerlin,
Greenpeace International



......Ursprüngliche Nachricht......

Von: oipst1@pilot.msu.edu
[mailto:oipst1@pilot.msu.edu]

I'd like to draw your attention to an extremely interesting article
I've just read on the web. The web site address is:



www.agribiz.com/INTEGRO/Bionews/

-----------------------------------

Olivier Christ <olivier.christ@foeeurope.org>

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE
AGRICULTURE IN THE NEW


MILLENNIUM - THE IMPACT OF MODERN BIOTECHNOLOGY ON
DEVELOPING


COUNTRIES

Albert Hall Complex, Brussels, May 28-31 2000  

Friends of the Earth, Oxfam Solidarity Belgium, and the Dag
Hammarskjöld Foundation invite you to participate in an
international

conference on the impact of modern agricultural biotechnology on

developing countries, to be held in Brussels from 28 to 31 May
2000.

The conference aims to bring together people and organisations
active

in the field of rural development and environment on the one hand,
and

scientists as well as policy makers on the other.  The
conference will

offer the opportunity to examine the relevance of modern
biotechnology

for developing countries and will compare its contribution with
those

offered by other technologies and development approaches.



(This conference has an interesting line up of speakers from
either side of the biotech debate including color="#000000"> Jacques Diouf, Food and Agriculture
Organisation (FAO), Joe Toehme, International Center for Tropical
Agriculture (CIAT), Pat Mooney, Rural Advancement Foundation
International (RAFI),

Klaus Lampe, formerly International Rice Research
Institute (IRRI),  Brian Johnson, English Nature., Per
Pinstrup Andersen, International Food Policy Research Institute
(IFPRI),  Bob Shapiro, Monsanto , and Vitoon
Panyakul, Greennet, International Federation of Organic Agriculture
Movements (IFOAM).....CSP)

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Write
to
Olivier Christ
<olivier.christ@foeeurope.org> size="-3" color="#000000"> for details

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the label on their foods now will you?



An editorial in Nature Biotechnology Vol 18, March 2000 entitled
GMO

roundup, reports that in the UK newspaper, The Daily Telegraph a Matt
Ridley

raises the specter of "atomic-GM", a form of genetic
modification which he

found "so scary that the dangers posed by ordinary GM pale by
comparison"

(see for more Nature Biotech.)

The article in TDT was also said to point out that even organic
farmers use

these crops.



Heine J. Deelstra

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