US - Biotech's Three Mile Island
- Biotech's Three Mile Island
"Hamilton County, Nebraska, is where food comes from. You can visit the
Plainsman Museum on Highway 14 to learn about "farm life from the 1880s to
the 1950s," or you can just drive on up the highway and learn about farm
life in 2002 at any of the dozens of family farms that still grow corn and
soybeans on fields that some families have worked since their ancestors
homesteaded here just after the Civil War."
"An area farmer, who a year earlier had supplemented his income by quietly
planting a test plot with seed corn genetically modified to produce
proteins containing powerful drugs for treatment of diarrhea in pigs, this
year harvested soybeans for human consumption from the same field. He
trucked them off to the Aurora Co-op, where they were mixed with soybeans
from other fields throughout the county in preparation for production as
food. Just as the soybeans were about to begin their journey to the
nation's dinner plates, a routine inspection of the test field by U.S.
Department of Agriculture inspectors revealed that corn plants that should
have been completely removed were still growing in the field from which
the soybeans had been harvested raising the prospect that the
pharmaceutical crop had mingled with the food crop."