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Monday, May 24, 2004

Biopharming opposition

Friends of the Earth and and the US Public Research Group have just issued a report claiming that opposition to biopharming (the production of GM crops for pharmaceutical and industrial purposes) has been growing over the past two years.
“There is no doubt that drugs will enter the food supply at some level if the government continues to allow open-air cultivation of pharmaceutical-producing food crops,” said Bill Freese, research analyst at Friends of the Earth and author of a comprehensive study of biopharming. “...One corn-grown drug, the blood-clotting protein aprotinin, has been shown to cause pancreatic disease in animals and also to increase honeybee mortality.”


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