On Wednesday, September 08, 1999 4:57 PM Greg Burch wrote
> Can someone explain how the multibillion dollar biotech industry is being
> soundly trounced in the arena of public opinion?
Is this not symptomatic of the dark age that Carl Sagan saw around us in The Demon Haunted World? We have not really matured intellectually as a species (esteemed members of this list excluded :), we have merely had technology enhance our ignorance. After all, there is not much intellectual distinction between the belief in the existence of witches on broomsticks, and aliens in UFOs.
In England the uproar and outrage over GMF has been matched by an increase in the positive publicity regarding organically grown food, which is portrayed as natural, healthy etc etc, grown by decent honest folk on small farms etc etc as it was in the good old days. Science is seen as the enemy in the form of evil Biotech Industries prepared to sacrifice public health in the pursuit of profit.