Re: SOC: More reaction to GM foods

Robert J. Bradbury (
Sun, 29 Aug 1999 15:48:47 -0700 (PDT)

On Sun, 29 Aug 1999 wrote:

> Friends of the Earth is concerned because a recent study conducted
> by Cornell University published in the journal Nature found that corn
> genetically engineered to include the Bacillus Thuringiensis (Bt)
> kills the larvae of the Monarch butterfly.
> "NFPA is telling big food companies to thumb their nose at
> consumer concerns," said Friends of the Earth President Dr. Brent
> Blackwelder, "Food companies need to look at the facts of recent
> scientific studies and not the profit-driven bias of the NFPA."

Jeepers, I wonder what the FoE position is with regard to all of the other insects that get killed in the process of providing our food supply? Shit, next you will see them lobbying restaurants to stop killing cockroaches (after all, it increases the protein content of the meal...)

> "The FDA is letting American consumers down," said Blackwelder.

Right. We want more bugs. Its interesting how they have played this one. Everyone likes a "Monarch butterfly", but how many people really *like* larvae?

What an idea for a Saturday Night Live skit! "Friends-of-Little-Crawly-Things"