Thursday, January 11, 2007
Petition to End Pharma-Crops!
Pharma-Crops are genetically engineered (GE) crops, such as rice or corn, that produce chemicals and compounds for use in prescription medication and industrial chemical factories. These crops are currently grown in the open, in normal-looking fields. At any time, the pollen from these crops could cross-pollinate with conventional food and contaminate the US food supply. It would be months and possibly years before anyone realized that this has happened. It is possible that it has already happened in South Carolina with the rice grown there, due to the active hurricane season of 2005 and a less than responsible USDA and FDA overseeing the fields. All kinds of side effects are possible, since no one but the USDA and the pharmaceutical and industrial chemical companies really know what's being grown. It is *extremely* important that this kind of activity either be restricted to enclosed labs, with rigorous anti-contamination protocols in place, or outlawed in the US, since corporations cannot be trusted to put the health and well-being of the American public above profits. Please, sign the petition right away and tell your friends and family.