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Bush, Gore, and Nader on Frankenfoods

BUSH, GORE, AND NADER ON GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS

George W. Bush: "In 1999, 50 percent of the soybeans, 40 percent of the
cotton, and about one-third of the corn produced in the U.S. is genetically
modified. The European Union, however, has recently imposed a moratorium on
the import of new biotech crops. Additionally, despite a ruling at the World
Trade Organization, the European Community continues to ban the import of
U.S. beef treated with growth hormones. World Trade Organization rules
clearly state that health and safety regulations must be based on sound
science. As President, Governor Bush will fight to ensure that U.S. products
are allowed entry into the European Union and require them to use accepted
scientific principles in enacting their regulations."
From: "GOVERNOR GEORGE W. BUSH ON AGRICULTURE" policy paper.

Al Gore: "Biotechnology - the development of new crops and new ways to grow
existing crops - holds tremendous promise for producers at home and
consumers here and abroad. Biotech products can improve yields, help avoid
some diseases and reduce the need for pesticides, fertilizer and other
inputs. Al Gore believes that reducing world hunger and ensuring America's
and the world's future food security depends on its development.
Biotechnology also promises new, higher-value crops for specific food and
non-food uses. That will lead to better farm income and to jobs and economic
growth in rural America. As President, Al Gore will continue to fight for
agriculture research funding, and will battle against foreign trade barriers
based on fear and protectionism."
From: www.algore2000.com/agriculture/agr_agenda2.html

Ralph Nader: "Genetic engineering - of food and other products - has far
outrun the science that must be its first governing discipline. The rush of
genetically engineered foods is leaving behind three areas of science: (1)
ecology; (2) nutrition-disease dynamics; and (3) basic molecular genetics
itself. The scientific understanding of the consequences of genetically
altering organisms in ways not found in nature remains poor. Corporate
promoters, such as Monsanto, are playing a guessing game with the
environment, with immensely intricate genetic organisms, and with, of
course, their customers on farms and in grocery stores. Against repeated
opinion polls demanding labeling of genetically engineered foods, biotech
companies have used their political power over the legislative and executive
branches of government to block the consumer's right to know and to choose."
From: Genetically Engineered Food: Changing the Nature of Nature, by Teitel
and Wilson, forward by Ralph Nader

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