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Would You Like Some Drugs With Your Food?

 by Bennett Gordon


Tags: Science, Technology, pharma crops, genetically modified foods, genetic engineering,

Newly proposed rules for the U.S. Department of Agriculture could allow pharmaceuticals to invade the U.S. food supply, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The rules allow “pharma crops,” genetically modified plants designed to create pharmaceuticals or other industrial compounds, to be grown outdoors, instead of banning outdoor production, as the UCS recommended. The UCS released a statement saying that a rush to pass the rules before the end of the Bush administration could lead to the pharma crops contaminating other food-producing plants, and runs the possibility of putting drugs into people’s corn flakes.

gardenbug_2
10/13/2008 4:00:57 PM

This is one of my worst nightmares. UCS is absolutely correct that those crops should be grown indoors. The contamination possibility is very real and of a high probability. This is a variation of genetically altered crops. I read a story where a farmer was sued by a corporation owning the patent on genetically modified corn. It seems their pollen was wind blown into the farmer's field, cross pollinating the farmer's corn. The farmer got sued. In my opinion, the farmer should sue the company for contaminating his perfectly good and natural corn. I understand that genetically modified food is banned in Europe. Imagine what will happen if the pharmaceutical stuff gets windborn. Will We be turned accidently into drug addicts by eating our vegetables?