Tuesday, July 08, 2008

FEED - July 2008


Sensible alternatives to pharma food crops

"Biotech drugs can be very beneficial, but when they are produced in genetically engineered food crops grown outdoors, the risk of contaminating the food supply is too great. The Union of Concerned Scientists has unveiled a new online slideshow featuring safer alternatives. The innovative companies and researchers we profile are developing needed drugs while keeping them off the public's dinner plates, using engineered carrot cells, duckweed plants, fungi, and greenhouse-grown tobacco. The existence of these safer alternatives adds credence to our call for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ban outdoor pharma food crop production in the new rules the agency is expected to release this summer. View the slideshow here´┐Żand visit our Protect Our Food campaign to learn more about taking the harm out of pharma crops!" - ucsusa.org

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