EU continues to see the light and listen to reason,

C Robb W. 429°

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" Although more than 70% of the non-organic food in American supermarkets contains genetically engineered ingredients, massive opposition to GMO crops in Europe has basically kept them off the market (except for imported animal feed). According to the majority the EU, biotech crops pose unacceptable risks to human health and the environment-- despite industry, U.S. Government, and many trade officials' insistence that they are perfectly safe. This week, France's Environment Minister Jean-Louis Borloo announced that his country, along with several other European nations, would be renewing its ban on all genetically engineered (GE) crops, including Monsanto's GE corn (MON 810), which is the only biotech crop allowed for human consumption in the EU. According to Borloo, "The basis of the safeguard clause, which tackles open-field cultivation of the Monsanto 810 maize, is on risks considered as severe for the environment..."

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Charles M. 110°

The biggest worry I have is that genetic material is very difficult to contain in both time and space. Pollen can be blown thousands of miles in the wind and can get carried further on contaminated surfaces. Pollen can be viable for many years.

That makes it very difficult to roll back from any mistakes.

Unfortunately GE pollens can very easily contaminate GE-free crops, reducing their value in a market that will increasingly pay a premium for GE-free and organic products.

Written in February 2009

Linda C. 44°

One can only hope that the new Administration will take a closer look at GMO crops and re-evaluate the present acceptance in the US. At the very least require product labels to identify and GE ingredients.

Written in March 2009

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