Re: Re: question on labelling genetically modified food

Date: Sat Jan 08 2000 - 01:30:16 MST

In a message dated 1/7/00 22:41:40, wrote:

>On Fri, 7 Jan 2000, Bryan Moss wrote:
>> Are any organisations developing GM crops specifically
>> tailored to grow in harsh climates (extreme cold, drought,
>> etc)? Wouldn't it make sense to have a non-profit
>> organisation developing such crops with the explicit purpose
>> of eradicating hunger in the third world? It would be hard
>> for the anti-GM fanatics to oppose such an organisation.
>I believe the Rockefeller Foundation may be involved in doing
>some nutritional engineering. I think several governments
>are pushing on salt tolerance. To go much further in cold,
>drought, etc. we probably need more genomes done.

There's already some work done. One of the targets for salt
resistance (glycinebetaine) also provides salt and freeze

I also read once about a researcher who's trying to put virus
resistance into sweet potatoes. It wouldn't be a big moneymaker
but sweet potatoes are a staple in many 3rd world countries,
and that specifically is why she's doing it.

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