Activists Promise To Disrupt Ag Conference

Pat Wolff wolffnm at yahoo.com
Thu Jun 19 10:03:22 EDT 2003


Activists Prepare For Sacramento Ag Conference Protest
KCRA TheKCRAChannel.com 
June 19, 2003
 
A group of demonstrators is promising to disrupt
downtown Sacramento next week during an international
agricultural conference at the Convention Center. 

The activists, wearing business suits and bug
costumes, kicked off their campaign Wednesday at
Sacramento's Farmer's Market. 

"This agricultural expo, hosted by the U.S. Department
of Agriculture, is working to sell to the entire world
the idea that we should be using all sorts of new
technologies that haven't been adequately tested for
health and human safety or the effects on the
environment," Environment California spokesman Evan
Paul said. 

The activists said their new study of the new
technologies found that test plots of
genetically-modified crops contaminated conventional
crops nearby, forcing thousands of bushels to be
destroyed. 

Some valley growers said that the demands of consumers
have put them between a rock and a hard place. 

Activists are coming from all over the world because
they said this conference is about convincing
countries to lift their bans on genetically-modified
foods. 

U.S. Department of Agriculture spokesman David Hegwood
said that the countries are interested in learning
about the new technologies and how they can access it.


"That's why over 100 countries are going to be
represented at this forum," Hegwood said. 


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