AR-News: AND ON THAT FARM HE HAD PIG-COW-DUCK

jim robertson wolfcrest at hotmail.com
Thu Jul 31 01:07:28 EDT 2003


AND ON THAT FARM HE HAD PIG-COW-DUCK
GM Animals Could Make It to Your Plate With Minimal Testing

Sure, you've heard the buzz about genetically modified plants.  But
all around the U.S., scientists are also mixing and matching genes to
produce animals that could not occur in nature:  bioengineered salmon
that grow five times as fast as their wild cousins, hens genetically
manipulated to lay low-cholesterol eggs, cows with disease-resistant
genes, chickens that produce anti-cancer drugs.  Some say this work
holds great promise for preventing disease, boosting agricultural
productivity, and eradicating world hunger. But many
environmentalists, public-health organizations, and consumer-rights
advocates fear that widespread production of genetically engineered
animals could jeopardize human health and the environment --
particularly because testing protocols have yet to be developed and
federal oversight is spotty and weak.  Journalist Shelley Smithson
checks out the world of genetically altered animals -- only on the
Grist Magazine website.

only in Grist:  Eat, drink, and be wary -- by Shelley Smithson in The Main 
Dish
<http://www.gristmagazine.com/maindish/smithson073003.asp?source=weekly



Until the ducks have their own historians,
tales of hunting will always glorify the hunter and the retriever.      - 
daoist hermit proverb

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