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    Sat, 7 Feb 2004 Patricia Dines http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/200401/lol1.asp Sierra magazine Jan/Feb 2004 p13 A Better Way Biosafety
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 7, 2004
      Sat, 7 Feb 2004
      Patricia Dines <PDines@...>

      http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/200401/lol1.asp

      Sierra magazine Jan/Feb 2004 p13
      A Better Way
      Biosafety Takes Root

      The Bush administration has berated the European Union as "Luddite" and
      "antiscientific" for raising concerns about genetically modified organisms,
      but it's actually the United States that's not keeping up with the times.

      In September, the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety went into effect, with
      the backing of 57 nations and the European Community. The landmark
      agreement sets up disclosure standards for exporters and allows nations to
      reject biotech shipments from other signatory countries. Genes from
      bioengineered crops can mix with other plants, a process that could disrupt
      ecosystems by introducing varieties invulnerable to pests and herbicides.
      Genetically modified food may also plague humans with new allergens and
      make antibiotics less effective, though studies of these problems remain
      inconclusive.

      The Cartagena treaty covers genetically modified seeds, animals, and crops,
      but not processed food made from the same sources, an exclusion made under
      pressure by the United States-a major biotech exporter-and its allies
      Canada, Australia, Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay. Despite the concession,
      the United States has not signed the protocol. -Jennifer Hattam

      ALSO NOTE: More about biotech at http://www.sierraclub.org/biotech/
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