Re: How much study is sufficient?

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Posted by Suzanne Fass on June 18, 2000 at 15:51:22:

In Reply to: How much study is sufficient? posted by Benjamin Matson on June 14, 2000 at 13:05:19:

Lighten up, Benny. One copy of your message would have been "sufficient," (although I'm not sure even one is "necessary").

Why do you assume that I do not know the percentage of modified products already in use? But I'll let that pass.

When you come down to it, virtually all organic matter is genetically modified -- through a process called "evolution." (Surely you've heard of that.) And the consequences to which I referred relate back to that process: what happens to OTHER plants and animals when modified organisms are introduced to their environment? Will food sources be so changed that beneficial insects and other benign animals are unable to live on, in, or around them, or to use them for the regular life processes (e.g., pollination) on which so much depends? This is a far more extensive investigation than just "is this new product safe for human consumption?" If you care to give references to studies of unintended consequences, I'd be most interested to read them.

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