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Monday, July 30, 2007

Borrowed Genes On Borrowed Time?

Without U.S. rules, biotech food lacks investors... Some scientists and biotechnology executives say that by having the Food and Drug Administration spell out the rules of the game, big investors would finally be willing to put up money to create a market in so-called transgenic livestock. But others caution that even if the F.D.A. clears the regulatory path in coming months, investors and agribusiness companies might still shy away. “The companies we have spoken to have gone organic, and they are very concerned, at least up to the present time, of having G.M.O. associated with their name,” said Cecil W. Forsberg, a professor at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, who helped developed the “Enviropig” with the cleaner manure. Smithfield Foods, for one, the world’s largest hog producer and pork processor, says it is doing no research on genetically engineered animals. Perhaps there's still hope? More here.

posted by CASFS 2006 @ 5:20 PM

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