Genetically Improved Foods Save Money And The Environment
(June 28th, 2001)
Despite a steady supply of farcical protests, attendees of this week's San Diego biotech conference heard good news about the benefits of food technology. Tuesday saw the release of preliminary findings from the very first comprehensive study on the impact of biotech on the food supply. Early results...
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Schlosser Renews His Attack On Meat
(June 28th, 2001)
The July/August issue of famed Leftist magazine Mother Jones features a cover story from Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation. Schlosser, who fancies himself a 21st century Upton Sinclair, will take any opportunity to slam the meat industry, even when he has to go "forum shopping" to such...
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The Big Civil-Disobedience-Thing, Cha-Cha
(June 28th, 2001)
Each week on his HBO show, Saturday Night Live alumnus and Monday Night Football broadcaster Dennis Miller weighs in on current events with remarkable candor. Taking stock of the goings-on in San Diego, and perhaps preparing for an upcoming interview with the Sierra Club's Carl Pope, Miller notes this...
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Genetic Martyr Surfaces In San Deigo
(June 27th, 2001)
It was only a matter of time. With all the biotech battles in San Diego this week, the name Percy Schmeiser was bound to turn up eventually. Percy who? This Canadian canola-farmer-turned-activist was successfully sued by Monsanto for seed piracy - that is, the use of Monsanto's genetically improved...
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Is CSPI Passing The Baton?
(June 27th, 2001)
Say it aint so! After 30 years of nannying and nagging us about our food choices, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) seems to be a bit off its game lately. Not to worry, though: in the 4 weeks since CSPI last told us what not...
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Anti-Corporate Culture Dominates San Diego Protests
(June 26th, 2001)
San Diego's anti-biotech protesters have certainly given us a dose of low comedy this week. On one street corner, animal-rights zealots from PETA were turning a Burger King lunch counter into a soap-box; a few blocks away, the misguided Greenpeace DNA purity squad slapped "HAZARDOUS" stickers on grocery shelf...
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Scaring The Daylights Out Of Parents
(June 26th, 2001)
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has long made public-relations hay out of Dr. Benjamin Spock's suggestion, late in life, that parents feed their kids only veggies (and no milk!) after age 2. Now, in Spock's home town of New Haven, PETA has erected a billboard...
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Biodevastation Activists Converge On San Deigo
(June 25th, 2001)
Hundreds of misinformed activists, "some dressed as ears of corn or genetically engineered tomatoes" (according to the Associated Press), began their protests this weekend. The action is aimed at the biotech industry, whose annual conference is taking place in San Diego. Local farmers, many of whom had nothing to...
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Law And Order, Locals Respond To Small Numbers
(June 25th, 2001)
Although pre-event reports by the The San Diego Union Tribune estimated that as many as "4,000 to 8,000" protesters would show up, on-the-scene reports yesterday and today place the number in the high hundreds rather than thousands. Still, those breaking the law are being escorted directly to the...
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The Luddites Are Coming!
(June 25th, 2001)
For the real scoop on what the activists call "Biodevastation 2001," let's turn to a native San Diego observer.Columnist Joseph Perkins writes that this week's protesters are the same group of "anti-technology, anti-commerce, anti-trade activists who disrupted the World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle two years ago… The...
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