Thursday, September 23, 2004

Fear of Pharming

As a loose follow-up to my post on fast food, Scientific American has just published an article on the introduction of disease-fighting drugs or vaccines into plants through genetic engineering: "Scientific American: Fear of Pharming. Controversy swirls at the crossroads of agriculture and medicine."

Problem is, pollen --whether it's been genetically engineered or not, it can't know it should stay put-- travels on the wind, and is almost impossible to control.

There's enough hormones and antibiotics in the meat we eat to desensitize us and unbalance our own hormonal systems. Pretty soon, vegetarians will be able to join the ranks of the meat-eaters. Ain't it grand?

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