<!-- Begin meta tags generated by ORblogs --> </meta name="keywords" content="progressive, liberal, politics, government, edit, language, grammar, accuracy, honesty, clarity, world, news, media" /> </> <!-- End meta tags generated by ORblogs -->> Editor at Large: Laughing and crying simultaneously

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Laughing and crying simultaneously


From today's Washington Post:

"Swiss biotech firm Syngenta AG said yesterday that over a four-year period it inadvertently sold U.S. farmers an unapproved strain of genetically modified corn seed that may have also entered the food supply and international export channels.

"Syngenta, as well as three federal regulatory agencies investigating the sales, cautioned that the mistake posed no health risks because the unapproved strain is virtually identical, genetically, to an approved strain of corn seed that the company markets.

"The firm said the amount of unapproved corn planted from 2001 until it discovered and reported the mistake to regulators last December was 'very little,' amounting to 37,000 acres out of the 320 million acres planted during that period across the United States.

"...industry observers said Syngenta's problems would likely stoke long-simmering concerns over the biotech industry's ability to control the technology."

Inability to "control the technology" has always been the problem, hasn't it? Didn't any of these bioengineers watch "Jurassic Park"?



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