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News Release: Buddhists Condemn Genetically Engineered Foods



DHARMA REALM BUDDHIST ASSOCIATION
Headquarters: City of Ten Thousand Buddhas
                         Talmage, CA 95481-0217 USA

December 21, 1996

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:   News Office, phone: (707) 462-0939
                       FAX: (707) 462-0949
		e-mail: namofo@pacific.net

BUDDHISTS CONDEMN GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS
ADVOCATE LABELING

A major international Buddhist organization has formally condemned genetic
engineering of food and advocated  its required labeling. This is the text
of  Dharma Realm Buddhist Association's resolution:

Genetic engineering of food is not in accord with the teachings of Buddhism.
Genetic engineering of food is unwarranted tampering with the natural
patterns of our world at the most basic and dangerous level. 

Lack of labeling of genetically engineered food is a de facto violation of
religious freedom. Without labeling, Buddhists have no way to avoid
purchasing foods that violate their basic religious beliefs and principles;
and   Buddhist vegetarians have no way to avoid purchasing foods that
contain genes from non-vegetarian sources.

All countries are urged  to require labeling of all genetically engineered food.

The Dharma Realm Buddhist Association was founded by the Venerable Master
Hsuan Hua (1918-1995), the Ninth Patriarch of the Wei-Yang (Chinese Zen)
School of Buddhism; he was the spiritual teacher of hundreds of thousands of
disciples in Asia and the West. The association is headquartered in Talmage,
California (about 110 miles north of San Francisco) and has twenty-six
branch monasteries and temples throughout the world.