SOC/BIO: Rifkin's "worldwide moratorium" on genetically modified organisms

Date: Sat Jul 29 2000 - 18:03:20 MDT

No surprise, but Jeremy Rifkin is now up front about his goals:

>From The Age,

> A worldwide moratorium should be declared now on releasing genetically
> engineered food crops and other gene-spliced organisms into the
> pending further study of the potential environmental and health risks and
> liability issues. It would be irresponsible and foolish to continue seeding
> farmland with genetically engineered food crops when we have yet to develop
> even a rudimentary risk-assessment science by which to regulate these
> agricultural products.

Of course, Rifkin nowhere offers guidance about when and how we could judge
it safe to use genetically modified organisms outside the lab.

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