Multinational Monitor

JAN/FEB 2000
VOL 21 No.


Don’t Ask, Don’t Know: The Biotech Regulatory Vacuum
by Ben Lilliston

Down on the Farm: Farmers Get The Biotech Blues
by Michael Stumo

The View From Wall Street
by Charlie Cray

The International Food Fight: From Seattle to Montreal
by Kristin Dawkins

In The Pipeline: Genetically Modified Humans?
by Richard Hayes


Traitor and The New Life Science Industry
An Interview with Pat Mooney

Changing the Nature of Natures
An Interview with Martin Teitel


Behind the Lines

The Biotech Challenge

The Front
Monsanto Sued - Corporate Welfare Challenged

The Lawrence Summers Memorial Award

Names In the News


Biotech Futures

Multinational Monitor

Don’t Ask, Don’t Know: The Biotech Regulatory Vacuum

by Ben Lilliston

A growing legion of biotech critics are contending that key U.S. food safety and environmental regulatory agencies have allowed the introduction of genetically engineered crops into the food supply and the environment without sufficient precautionary testing.

Evidence is mounting, they say, that this reckless action is putting people and ecosystems at risk -- and consumers in the United States in increasing numbers are joining those in Europe and elsewhere in endorsing this view by objecting to the sale of genetically engineered foods. MORE>>

Down on the Farm Farmers Get The Biotech Blues

by Michael Stumo

Linus Solberg is a farmer from Cylinder, Iowa. He grows corn and soybeans and raises hogs. Solberg has also been a seed dealer for years. From his farm he sells corn, soybean and other crop seed to local farmers for a relatively small commercial seed company. Some of the seed he sells and plants is genetically modified (GM).

But Solberg is not a fan of GM seed. GM crops are not more profitable, he says, but they can "make terrible farmers into good farmers." MORE>>

The View from Wall Street

by Charlie Cray

Last June, biotech industry analysts from Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown issued a report on DuPont's Ag Biotech division entitled "Thanks, But no Thanks?" The analysts concluded that "although we are willing to believe that GMO (genetically modified organisms) crops are safe and may provide a benefit for the environment, the perception wars are being lost by industry."

Then, in December, Credit Suisse First Boston issued its own report, which says that the biotech industry is suffering from "negative momentum," that food manufacturers are running scared of GMO crops and "if anyone is in control it appears to be environment and consumer groups." The bank compared GM technology with nuclear power -- the science might be sound, it said, "but no one is building new nuclear plants today." MORE>>

Traitor and The New Life Science Industry

An Interview with Pat Mooney

Pat Mooney is the executive director of the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI), an international non-governmental organization headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. RAFI is dedicated to the conservation and improvement of agricultural diversity, and to the socially responsible development of technologies useful to rural societies. RAFI is concerned about the loss of genetic diversity -- especially in agriculture -- and about the impact of intellectual property on agriculture and food security. MORE>>



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