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Genetic Engineering as the Final Conquest

GMOs Pose Significant Threat to World Food Supplies
World Watch Magazine
January/February 2005
<www.worldwatch.org/pubs/mag/2005/181/>

WASHINGTON -- December 18 -- Genetically modified organisms are
contaminating natural crops around the world and triggering mounting
economic costs as farmers lose markets and organic producers lose their
certification, writes Claire Hope Cummings in "Trespass: Genetic
Engineering as the Final Conquest." Worse, consumers are eating GMOs
whether they like it or not, and even GMOs not approved for human
consumption have shown up in food products such as taco shells.
Moreover, writes Cummings, patents awarded for the commercial use of
genetic engineering technology are giving agrochemical companies
ultimate control over the means and methods of food production.

"Agricultural genetic engineering is dismantling our once deeply held
common vision about how we feed ourselves, how we care for the land,
water, and seeds that support us, and how we participate in decisions
that affect us on the most intimate personal and most essential
community level," she writes.

Valuing corporate interests over long-term societal needs, successive
U.S. governments have compromised international food security by giving
a number of agrochemical companies a blank check to commercialize
genetic technology prematurely, Cummings writes.

Government and research institutions, including many prestigious and
once-independent universities in the United States, have sold out to
industry agendas. This has unleashed agricultural genetic engineering
into the public sphere before science has validated the techniques being
used or evaluated the safety of products being developed. Lacking proper
knowledge of long-term consequences, Cummings argues, the world now
faces an uncertain future with these aggressive, genetically engineered
organisms that are built to subvert billions of years of evolutionary
safeguards and thereby threaten the biological integrity of the planet.
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World Watch In this month's cover story, "Trespass: Genetic Engineering
as the Final Conquest," author Claire Hope Cummings explores the
significant threat that agricultural biotechnology poses to world food
supplies. And in "A New Paradigm for Security," leading military expert
Gregory D. Foster explains why it is time to radically rethink our
priorities and strategies on security.

Download "Trespass: Genetic Engineering as the Final Conquest" for free
from our website at www.worldwatch.org/pubs/mag/2005/181/

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