BIOTECH: ASM Issues Statement On Genetically Modified Organisms

From: Terry Donaghe (
Date: Wed Jul 19 2000 - 19:57:11 MDT

"Since biotechnology enables well-characterized genes to be transferred from
one organism to another with greater precision and predictability than is
possible using traditional breeding procedures, the American Society for
Microbiology (ASM) is sufficiently convinced to assure the public that plant
varieties and products created with biotechnology have the potential of
improved nutrition, better taste and longer shelf-life."

"Nothing in life is totally free of risk. However, to minimize risk, it is
important to rely on fact rather than on fear, and the ASM is not aware of
any acceptable evidence that food produced with biotechnology and subject to
FDA oversight constitutes high risk or is unsafe."

Terry Donaghe:

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