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Food scientist agrees with Vatican: Technology needs safeguards


ROME (CNS) -- A major proponent of genetically modified food crops said he agrees with the Vatican position that the technology requires safeguards for people's health and for the environment. C.S. Prakash, director of the Center for Plant Biotechnology Research at Tuskegee University in Alabama, met July 5 with Bishop Elio Sgreccia, the Vatican's leading expert on bioethics. ``We had a frank and lively discussion and I agreed that the way to move forward is with safeguards,'' Prakash said in a July 5 interview with Catholic News Service. The scientist was in Rome at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization for discussions on biotechnology and food security.

(While I agree with the above report which was a result of an hour-long interview with this reporter, she does not mention the fact that I described the safeguards already in place through the regulatory system and how this has been successful..CSP)