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Greenpeace--Joined by the OCA--Dumps Two Tons
of StarLink Corn at EPA Offices in San Francisco

San Francisco, November 16, 2000. Greenpeace activists today dumped two
tons of StarLink-contaminated corn in front of the Environmental Protection
Agency's local headquarters. The activists, wearing biohazard suits,
demanded that the agency deny approval of the gene-altered corn for human
consumption, as requested by the corn's producer, Aventis, due to
scientific concerns about potential health risks.

EPA has refused to approve the animal feed corn for human consumption due
to its potential to cause food allergies. The corn has widely contaminated
the U.S. food supply, resulting in the recall of nearly 300 food products.
Costs to Aventis from the recall are estimated to approach $1 billion
dollars. To forestall further losses, the company is now seeking temporary
approval of the feed corn for human consumption.

"The EPA must not risk public health to protect corporate profits," said
Kimberley Wilson, Greenpeace genetic engineering campaigner. "By approving
StarLink, EPA would be rewarding the company for unlawfully contaminating
the nationís food supply."

StarLink corn produces an insecticidal protein called Cry9C that could
cause dangerous allergic reactions in some people. The EPA's review of
StarLink found that many of the allergenicity data submitted on StarLink
were "either inconclusive or indicate that Cry9C exhibits some
characteristics of known allergens." In October, an EPA advisory panel
heard from scientists who warned that there is no known safe level of
allergens in food.

"For two years, EPA has refused to approve StarLink because scientists say
the genetically engineered corn could cause dangerous allergies," added
Wilson. ìBut now that the industry is facing hundreds of millions of
dollars in losses, the agency says they will make a decision in less than
two months."

The Greenpeace activists were joined outside EPA by members of the Organic
Consumers Association, Pesticide Action Network, the Ecology Center, Center
for Food Safety, and the Ruckus Society, demanding that the EPA protect the
food supply from StarLink corn.

"EPA's own scientific advisors say they don't know if this corn is safe for
people," said Simon Harris of the Organic Consumers Association. "The
health of Americans should not be put at risk simply for the convenience of
the biotech industry." On November 28, EPA will hear from a Scientific
Advisory panel that will present its findings by December 1. EPA is
expected to rule shortly after that.

Photos and video footage available upon request
CONTACT: Kimberley Wilson, (202) 320-1630 (mobile); Jeanne Merrill,
Greenpeace True Food Network Coordinator, (202) 297-3331 (mobile); Craig
Culp, Greenpeace Media, (202) 319-2461, (202) 251-6296 (mobile); Simon
Harris, Organic Consumers Association, 415-643-9592
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