GENTECH archive 8.96-97
Good News!! Finally!! A Crack in the Dam!!
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- Date: Mon, 24 Feb 1997 17:16:45 -0700
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from AP Wire page:
02/24/1997 11:52 EST
Firm To Label Engineered Foods
BOSTON (AP) -- One of the world's largest biotechnology companies says it
begin labeling genetically engineered products, a practice urged by consumer
advocates and resisted within the agribusiness industry.
Novartis, a Swiss drug, chemical and agribusiness company formed in December
by the merger of Ciba-Geigy and Sandoz, announced its decision today at an
international conference sponsored by Tufts University.
``If we believe in the `right to choose' for consumers, the industry
argue against labels facilitating this choice,'' said Wolfgang Samo, the
agribusiness at Novartis.
Opponents of bioengineering and consumer advocates have been pushing for such
labels. The industry has said they are unnecessary, however, because they
higher health risks from foods and crops that have been genetically
altered. No such
increased risk has yet been proven by scientists.
``Genetically enhanced products are overall superior to conventional
His remarks appeared in a statement from Novartis. They were prepared for
later today at the first International Conference on Regulation of Crop
its Implication for the Food Supply.
Samo said results of a recent national survey showed that Americans prefer
bioengineering to pesticides as methods to increase crop production and
by a wide margin. In addition, 71 percent of those surveyed said they
bioengineered food is at least somewhat safe.