'Pharma Crops' Threaten Food Safety
by Stephen Leahy
Published on Thursday, December 30, 2004 by Inter
BROOKLIN, Canada - Medicine and farming are merging as
genetically engineered (GE) maize and soy crops
promise cheap drugs, but they also threaten to
contaminate food and the environment, warn activists
The United States has planted very small amounts of
these experimental 'pharma crops' since the early
1990s, including about 18 hectacre in 2004, according
to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Although
full-scale production is a few years away, a new
report is warning that when it begins, the U.S. food
supply will be contaminated sooner or later.
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Research Associate, Institute for Social Ecology http://www.social-ecology.org/
Senior Fellow, Environmental Leadership Program http://www.elpnet.org/
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