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REG MITCHELLs defence of Frankenfoods -- genetically engineered GEfarm products -- in his Oct 9 article So-called Frankenfoods have no more pathogens than are found in nature is a repetition of the mantra we hear daily from the global corporations that dominate agricultural biotechnology His principal point seems to be that since life abounds with risks of various kinds cancer-inducing elements in the environment the risk of being hit by a truck we shouldnt be concerned about the possibility of adding another one to the list He suggests biotechnology is an unstoppable reality with half of US soybeans planted this year to GE seeds as well as half of Canadas canola crop He could have added the vast acreages of genetically modified GM cotton corn and potatoes growing in North America this year Such crops are expected to triple in use worldwide in the next few years he writes The projections quoted by Prof Mitchell may not materialize The European Union will not accept GM products and this is causing horrendous marketing problems for North American farmers It is becoming obvious we cannot force Europeans to take such products even though Canada and the US are using the World Trade Organization WTO in an effort to do so Most large European and British supermarket chains have removed GE products from their shelves and the largest European food processors Nestle and Unilever will no longer use GM products All this is being reflected in the market -- non-GM foods are now selling at a higher price than genetically altered crops And there is a scramble by farmers to find non-GM seed for planting next year -- there may not be enough to meet the rising demand Mitchell tells us GM crops will reduce the use of herbicides and insecticides In fact the whole point of GM soya and canola is to allow any amount of Monsantos weed killer Roundup to
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