GMTs and PCBs

Ken Kinman kinman at HOTMAIL.COM
Tue Oct 26 17:35:14 CDT 1999

     Given the history of Monsanto, especially the continuing PCB debacle,
perhaps all bags of their genetically engineered seeds should post a
warning,  perhaps something like:
     DANGER: these seeds are brought to you by the fine folks at Monsanto,
who also brought you PCBs.  Hopefully we won't damage plant life as much as
we may have done to animal life.  Thank you for giving us this second
chance.   If you develop any problems with mutant weeds, please give us a
call.  If one of our regular herbicides doesn't work, you can always try
spraying them with our fine assortment of PCB products (upon signing our
liability waiver).
Fine print:  We will not be responsible if bacteria from your fields should
begin causing serious or incurable infections in your livestock, family
members, or employees.  Please direct all law suits to the appropriate
federal agency.  Thank you and have a nice day.
>From: Hugh Wilson <h-wilson at TAMU.EDU>
>Reply-To: Hugh Wilson <h-wilson at TAMU.EDU>
>Subject: Re: GMTs
>Date: Tue, 26 Oct 1999 12:21:31 -0500
>Despite best efforts of the biotech lobby (which seems to include the
>USDA) and academic minions, this issue is becoming a topic of concern
>in the U.S., and there are some dynamics of interest to taxonomists,
>aside from the possible need to expand cladisic jargon.  See:
>for an overview of a specific episode and check the epilogue page for
>updated links to various refs/websites.
> >
> > Noting the concerns on the teaching of evolution, there are parallel
> > concerns cropping up with regard to genetically modified organisms
> > (GMOs), particularly foods.  Those of you who are European members
> > of this discussion list are probably familiar with this....
> > What does this have to do with taxonomy?
> >
>Hugh D. Wilson
>Texas A&M University - Biology
>h-wilson at (409-845-3354)

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