Thursday, March 08, 2007
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is poised to approve the planting of up to 3,200 acres in Kansas with rice that is genetically engineered to contain human genes for lysozyme, lactoferrin, and serum albumin. Producing pharmaceutical products in food crops poses risks to our food supply and the economic well-being of farmers. Tell the USDA to ban the outdoor production of this rice and other pharmaceutical-producing food crops.
2. Victory in engineered alfalfa case!
For the third time in recent months, a federal judge has ruled that the USDA failed to uphold the law on genetically engineered crops. Read more.
3. Bills would require cloned food to be labeled
Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) has introduced the Cloned Food Labeling Act (S. 414), a bill requiring food from cloned animals or their offspring to be labeled as such. In a rousing speech on the Senate floor, Mikulski cited widespread consumer opposition to eating cloned food products and the need to track cloned food in case a recall is needed. Meanwhile, California State Senator Carole Migden (D-3rd district) has introduced a similar bill to the California legislature. The bills are a response to the Food and Drug Administration's recent announcement that it intends to allow products from cloned animals and their progeny to be sold as food. Read the text of S. 414 (pdf).
4. Resistance to cloned food grows
Consumer and corporate opposition to cloned food products is mounting. Read more.