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by Greg Caton, Founder - SOYBEAN.COM
Intro | Our Stance | Letters from Scientists
The following collected articles represent our
best current knowledge about the value, future, and even limitations of agricultural
biotechnology. They are being published and promoted by SOYBEAN.COM (Lumen Foods)
to counteract deliberate misinformation that is currently being published by such
environmental gadflies as Jeremy Rifkin (Foundation on Economic Trends), National
Family Farm Coalition, Greenpeace, and large European ag interests seeking to
slow the lead of the United States in biotechnology so they can grab a bigger slice of its
current (and growing) $10 billion market. These tactics represent one of the most shameful
propaganda campaigns in the history of environmentalism.
Lumen Foods has traditionally been very
supportive of the environmental movement. One of the benefits of the vegetarian
lifestyle is its contribution to conserving agricultural resources.
The current arguments used against "genetic modification" of seed crops,
however, do not support true environmental progress. They deter them. Many well-meaning
people in our health foods industry are being misled and deceived because they do not
know all the facts and have not taken the time to intellectually digest the arguments from
And traditional environmentalists are wrong on
this one. This will end up being a bigger Waterloo for them then Paul Ehrlich's well
publicized "bet loss" to economist Julian Simon.
We don't plan to share the embarrassment.
Because the arguments of these groups are not
supported by the vast scientific literature on the subject, eventually their short-term
biotech campaign will falter. The one "Monarch butterfly" study that they point
to with pride is woefully, deliberately, and deceptively flawed. We go into this in
If you have any questions about any of the
subject matter presented herein, just email us... but read the
It will take a couple of hours of your time.
... the same amount you spent in the theater
with your kid watching Toy Story ...
Introduction & Our
Position 1. Introduction -- Our explanation in
rudimentary terms of what the GMO firestorm is all about.
2. Our Position -- Explains what our position on GMO is as a
company. And why a leading vegetarian manufacturing company would take a position in
support of genetically engineered food. (Hint: It's the environment.)
3. U.S. FDA: Genetic
Engineering - Fast Forwarding to Future Foods. "The important thing for consumers
to know... is that (GMO foods) will be every bit as safe as the foods now on store
shelves." U.S. FDA (John Henkel), 4/95 (revised 2/98).
4. Are Bioengineered Foods Safe?, U.S.
FDA, FDA Consumer, January-February, 2000. If you WANT to be
ill-informed about what the GMO issue is all about, and you CHOOSE to use the
mind-numbingly ridiculous arguments of Greenpeace and other ecoterrorist groups,
just ignore this article by the the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.
5. The Rise of Eco-Extremism - this article
(in Microsoft Word (R) format), written, to my amazement, by Dr. Patrick Moore, one
of the original founders of Greenpeace, provides insight into the ultra-left wing
monster that today has the power to force major corporations into bending their policies
to positions that are clearly, to use Dr. Moore's own words, "anti-technology and
anti-science" and even anti-environmental. When a Greenpeace founder has to distance
himself from his own creation, consumers, who feel the constant effects of the eco-groups'
media ear-pulling, should be compelled to ask why.
Comments from the Scientific Community on our GMO position.
Professor C.S. Prakash: The following links and
articles come from Professor Prakash, Director of the Center for Plant Biotechnology
Research at Tuskegee University. Dr. Prakash has assembled signatures from over 1,000
world-class scientists supporting genetically modified foods. His site, AgBioWorld.org has a host of helpful links on the need for
biotechnology. Few people know that even former U.S. Pres. Jimmy Carter and the Vatican
have formally weighted in on the side of biotechnology... simply because Greenpeace
and other extremist groups have made so much noise with their unscientific, baseless
Unifying the Overwhelming Scientific Consensus
1. Who's Afraid of Genetic Engineering? - former U.S. Pres.
2. The Benefits & Politics of Biotechnology - U.S. Senator
3. 600 Scientists Sign Declaration Defending Biotechnology
4. Feeding A World of 10 Billion People: The Miracle Ahead - Dr.
Norman Borlaug (5/6/97)
5. The Church of England: "(Need) to assist clear thinking
6. Vatican Calls For Honesty on Biotechnology: "Don't
Fear Scientific Progress" (10/12/99)
7. Why Africa Needs Agricultural Biotech - Florence Wambugu
8. The Bogus Debate on Bioethics - Suman Sahai (3/97)
9. Genetically Modified Plants: Monsters or Miracles? - Nina
10. Arguments in Favour of Genetically Modified Crops - Ben
11. Rebuttal to Christian Aid - Daleep Mukarji
12. Huge Potential of Genetically Improved Plants Outweighs
Hypothetical Risks - Dr. C.S. Prakash, Financial Express (India), (5/31/99)
13. Bio Illogical: Plant Breeds No Threat To Third World - Dr.
C.S. Prakash, The Statesman (Calcutta, India), - (7/5/99)
14. Don't Denounce Biotech - Dr. C.S. Prakash, Deccan Herald
(Bangalore, India) - (7/6/99)
15. And finally: Biotechnology
Links - Many more than you'll ever have time to read, and most covering the virtues of
Attacking "Anti-Nutritional" Claims / 1. ASA Refutes GM
Anti-Nutritional Claim -- Puts to rest the claim that GM soybeans are inherently lower
in the nutraceutical isoflavones. (Read the high isoflavone analysis
figures on Lumen Food products -- note, in particular, the high free-to-bound
ratio.)... Also: Dr. Wayne Parrott refutes non-GMO argument that
"nutrients are being bred out of our food!"
Promoting the Benefits of Reduced Aflatoxin Incidence
Letter to Frito Lay - (Dr. Adrianne Massey), which includes a press release from the
American Phytopathological Society explaining how Bt Corn (a GM seed) reduces public
health exposure to aflatoxins.
Hudson Institute: The following articles were
written by Dennis T. Avery, director of global food issues, and Michael Fumento, both with the Hudson Institute. We have not been in agreement with all
of Avery's work, primarily because of our strongly held beliefs concerning vegetarianism
and its relation to factory farming methods. Nonetheless, he articulates the facts
concerning GMO better than anyone we have encountered. His debating style, reminiscent of
Julian Simon, is lethal to those who come unprepared, and, in fact, Jeremy Rifkin
refuses to engage him, publicly or privately. You cannot read the following articles,
which, when taken together, give one the unmistakeable sense of inevitability concerning
biotechnology and our need to utilize and incorporate it -- as well as the inevitable
embarrassment that will befall traditional environmentists who, without knowing all the
facts, have made GMO their latest fund-raising gimmick.
Enlarging the Dialogue of Biotech's Promise for a Better Future
1. Avery takes on Non-GMO arguments posed by British
environmental extremist threatening Lumen Foods.
2. Biotech Holds The Solution To Africa's Food Woes (10/29/99).
3. The Global "Population Bomb" Fizzles Out
4. When Gerber Goes Organic, Fear-Mongering Wins (8/5/99).
5. "Golden Rice" Could Combat Third World Malnutrition
6. WTO Protesters Would Consign World's Poor to Misery
7. Fears About Biotech... Old Whine in New Bottles (4/9/99)
8. "Earth-Friendly" Agriculture Unkind of World's Hungry
9. The Moral Imperative of Biotechnology (6/4/99)
10. Why Don't Organic Farms Back Up Their Safety Claims?
11. Feeding The Pets of the 21th Century (1/2/98)
12. Biotechnology Deserves Praise, Not A Pie In The Face
13. Population Doomsayers Are More Than Merely Wrong (10/99)
14. Why Europe Fears Biotech Foods (Michael Fumento). You cannot
understand where the momentum, money, publicity effort, and focus for the environmental
movement comes from as it pertains to GMO unless you know its politics. In the 1940's
European nations and their allies enlarged their sphere of activity by moving men, planes,
tanks, and ships into their neighbor's territory and taking over. Today, they enlarge
their sphere of activity by dropping money into a liberal foundation's Swiss bank account,
who then calls CNN to report an alarming, publicity-getting, but totally fictitious story.
Today, winning wars isn't about dropping bombs, it's about publicity tactics that will
nuke's your competitor's technological advance. Enter Greenpeace.
Pendulum Swings Back to Biotech (2/4/00)
from Biotech Industry The links
below are articles written in Microsoft Word (R). They are publications put out by
the biotechnology industry to address public concern, largely from the anti-GMO community.
They have largely gone unheeded and unread. But an individual informed about biotechnology
should at least be familiar with them.
1. Assessing the Safety of Biotech Foods
2. Chemical Reduction Benefits of
Biotech Crops (Monsanto)
3. Biotech Foods as Safe as Other Foods
- You can't read this page, which consists of quotes from leading experts in the field,
without getting the sense that anti-GMO is largely airheaded hype.
4. Agricultural Biotech Myths. Debunks
eight great "myths" that form the foundation of the anti-biotech movement.
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