Maine Citizen Group Seeks 5-Year Moratorium on Frankenfoods
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Citizens group to seek five-year moratorium on 'mutant' food
(Excerpts from Maine Times Nov 26, 1998)
A citizens group announced this week it will seek a five-year
moratorium on additional genetically-altered or engineered food
in Maine. The campaign comes in the wake of Monsanto's
cancellation of an appearance before the Board of Pesticide
Control last week at which it planned to argue for use of a
hybrid corn that contains an insecticide within the crop's
CLEAN: Maine, which is headed by Jonesboro activist Nancy Oden, said it
will seek a rule-making decision from the pesticides board that would
outlaw not only Monsanto's corn seed but any genetically altered food.
The board now allows potatoes that have the insecticide Bt incorporated
into their chemical makeup; tests on the efficiency and impacts of the
genetically altered spuds are under way.
Oden's group, part of an international network of pure food activists,
said, "Monsanto and a few other multinationals now control much of the
world's food supply, and they have put pesticided, bio- engineered,
mutant food on grocery shelves without our knowledge or consent."