SOYBEAN.COM's Biotech Education Series

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Greg Caton, Founder, 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 both sides.
We have.
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 detail.
If you have any questions about any of the subject matter presented herein, just email us... but read the articles first.
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.
Greenpeace Anti-GMO
 Agenda at Work 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.
6. Recent Comments from the Scientific Community on our GMO position.

Professor C.S. Prakash:
Unifying the Overwhelming Scientific Consensus
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, 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 arguments.

1. Who's Afraid of Genetic Engineering? - former U.S. Pres. Jimmy Carter
2. The Benefits & Politics of Biotechnology - U.S. Senator Bond (1/26/00)
3. 600 Scientists Sign Declaration Defending Biotechnology (1/22/00)
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 (4/99)
6. Vatican Calls For Honesty on Biotechnology: "Don't Fear Scientific Progress" (10/12/99)
7. Why Africa Needs Agricultural Biotech - Florence Wambugu (7/1/99)
8. The Bogus Debate on Bioethics - Suman Sahai (3/97)
9. Genetically Modified Plants: Monsters or Miracles? - Nina Fedoroff (11/30/99)
10. Arguments in Favour of Genetically Modified Crops - Ben Miflin
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 biotechnology.

Attacking "Anti-Nutritional" Claims /
Promoting the Benefits of Reduced Aflatoxin Incidence
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!"
2. Condemning 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:
Enlarging the Dialogue of Biotech's Promise for a Better Future
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.

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 (10/1/99).
4. When Gerber Goes Organic, Fear-Mongering Wins (8/5/99).
5. "Golden Rice" Could Combat Third World Malnutrition (10/99)
6. WTO Protesters Would Consign World's Poor to Misery (12/10/99)
7. Fears About Biotech... Old Whine in New Bottles (4/9/99)
8. "Earth-Friendly" Agriculture Unkind of World's Hungry (2/5/99)
9. The Moral Imperative of Biotechnology (6/4/99)
10. Why Don't Organic Farms Back Up Their Safety Claims? (9/17/99)
11. Feeding The Pets of the 21th Century (1/2/98)
12. Biotechnology Deserves Praise, Not A Pie In The Face (4/23/99)
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.
15. The Pendulum Swings Back to Biotech (2/4/00)

Response 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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