July 13, 2006

Coming soon to a market near you: GE plums?

On a more serious note, the US government is considering allowing the marketing and planting of the first GE (genetically engineered) stone fruit tree species.

Apparently the virus that this tree was engineered to be resistant to isn't even a problem in the US. Introduction of this species might have serious long-term reprocussions for our ecosystems and for the livelihood of small farmers.

The USDA will be taking public comment about this issue until next Monday, July 17th. For more information and to find out how to submit comments, check out the Center for Food Safety .

Posted by val at July 13, 2006 12:30 PM