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Bradley & Gore Talk About Their Positions on Frankenfoods

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>From List: Biotech Activists (biotech_activists@iatp.org)
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Date Posted: 01/10/2000
Posted by: tlalley@ems.org
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Following are excerpts from the Democratic presidential debate
yesterday in Johnston, Iowa, involving Vice President Al Gore
and former Senator Bill Bradley of New Jersey, as recorded by
The New York Times:

Q. Genetically engineered products meet heavy resistance in European
countries and in Japan. . . . What can we do today?

MR. BRADLEY I think the most important thing we can do is to use our
authority under the World Trade Organization in order to petition to get
access to markets. When, for example, Europe blocked our beef because
of beef hormones, we went to the W.T.O. We formed a dispute settlement
mechanism, we presented our case and they ruled in our favor. . . .

But we all know that the problem of agriculture in this country is serious.
In Iowa, it's dead serious. I've talked to thousands of family farmers over
the last year. And it means we have to change policy.

It means we have to get the antitrust division to get after these large
packers that are discriminating against family farmers. It means that we
have to have a conservation reserve program expanded. It means that we
have to provide income supplement to farmers based upon the relationship
between price and their costs and it has to go to them with a cap so it only
goes to family farmers and not to big corporate farmers.

MR. GORE The question is about genetically modified organisms, and you
know the key point is we can't let Europe and Japan determine our farm
policy. The decisions . . . really ought to be based on sound science, not
science controlled by people working for the companies that profit from
these new technologies, but neutral, dispassionate experts who will give us
the best and most accurate conclusions about their safety. If they're safe
and if they enhance productivity at no risk, then we ought to be able to
use them.

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