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Re: E-M:/ Biotechnology Seed Companies Thwarting Research



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Enviro-Mich message from Larry Nooden <ldnum@umich.edu>
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I think this part (in quotes below) would not stand up in court; the biotech companies would lose. This whole field is moving rapidly outside of Europe, even in the US, but especially in Asia (see below).

I think it will help for everyone to understand what are and are not the real issues. This is a very lengthy matter, so I want to dodge it by citing references below.

"So while university scientists can freely buy pesticides or conventional seeds for their research, they cannot do that with genetically engineered seeds. Instead, they must seek permission from the seed companies. And sometimes that permission is denied or the company insists on reviewing any findings before they can be published, they say."

The Chinese have massively embraced plant biotech, because they have discovered that they can reduce (or even eliminate) pesticide use and save not only money but even the lives of agricultural workers. Science ran an article about this last November (Stone R (2008) Plant science - China plans $3.5 billion GM crops initiative. Science 321:1279-1279).

Tester M (2008) AGRICULTURE - Organic and GM- Why not? Science 322:1190-1191.

--On Friday, February 20, 2009 10:48 AM -0500 Lowell Prag <lprag@mail.msen.com> wrote:

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Enviro-Mich message from "Lowell Prag" <lprag@mail.msen.com>
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Greetings,

Scientists complaints to the EPA:

Biotechnology Seed Companies Thwarting Research.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/20/business/20crop.html?ref=science

Regards,

Lowell Prag




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