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Hungry Helped With Biotech

The Vancouver Province
November 17, 2000
by Ashley Ford

Dr. C.S. Prakash, professor of plant molecular genetics at Tuskegee University in Alabama, was cited as telling the final day of the Pacific Rim Biotechnology conference in Vancouver that advances in food biotechnology offers one tool to help the world's malnourished and hungry people, adding, "It disturbs me greatly that while many North Americans ruminate on what developing countries need or don't need to address their problems of malnutrition and starvation, every day 800 million people go to bed hungry.''

Prakash was further cited as saying there is no single solution to this very complex problem, but advances in agriculture biotech offers great hope and he defended the industry's record and says it is stringently regulated -- as it should be, stating, "Historically there has always been anxiety about new science, especially when it comes to food which is often seen as personal and sacred.''

Eileen Inrig, director of communication for BIOTECanada, was quoted as saying in Canada, biotech foods have to pass stringent rules for Health Canada, Environment Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and that regulations governing so-called ``novel foods'' are more stringent than those governing conventional foods and less than one per cent have been deemed commercially viable.

(from Agnet archived at : http://www.plant.uoguelph.ca/safefood/archives/agnet-archives.htm)