Carol and EMers
Thanks to Carol for providing the update on SB777 status. In addition to the points Carol made, below is another contained in the text of an email I sent to Sen Jelinek.
My concerns are not based on negative impressions of the value of genetic engineering. There is great promise in developing such tools. However, we lost the use of numerous valuable pesticides due to inappropriate and over uses. The effects of which included unintended loss of the effectiveness of specific pesticides and hence their loss as a tool. There have been concomitant economic losses. Pesticides, even persistent pesticides have 1/2 lives so the ecological damage will be reduced, but the loss of the specific compound is effectively permanent.
The traits contained in GE seeds have and will continue to escape into "weeds" grown in near proximity to GE crops. The result will be the loss of the effectiveness of these tools the same as it is for pesticide resistance. Unfortunately, once these genetic traits escape to non target plants, there is no corresponding 1/2 life as with pesticides. This will exacerbate the problem far more than we have experienced with loss of pesticides due to resistance.
Other legitimate concerns regarding SB 777 include the following: