Saturday, August 3, 2002

nobody wants GM corn

the washington post reports that zimbabwe has refused large shipments of genetically modifed corn, despite the fact that her people are on the brink of starvation. "Scientists and economists say the troubled African nation has good reason to reject the engineered kernels. If some of the corn seeds are sown instead of eaten, the resulting plants will produce gene-altered pollen that will blow about and contaminate surrounding fields. That could render much of the corn grown in Zimbabwe -- a nation that in most years is a major exporter -- unshippable to nations in Europe and elsewhere that restrict imports of bioengineered food, because of environmental and health concerns."

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