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BUDDHISTS CONDEMN GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS




-- [ From: John Kyle * EMC.Ver #2.5.02 ] --

         Just a thought...
         Does anyone know of any pronouncements from major religious leaders
         regarding the GE food debate? 

That's  what I read about religious leaders ...

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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. 


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.