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BioDemocracy News #36-Food Fight in a Time of Crisis

BioDemocracy News #36
Food Fight in a Time of Crisis

Nov. 2001
By: Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association
www.organicconsumers.org

Quotes of the Month
Biotech Bullies: Business as Usual
GMO Sneak Attack Fizzles-USA and Europe
Other Agbiotech Aggressions
GMO Resistance Continues
What's Next: Food & Anti-GE Activism in a Time of Crisis

Quotes of the Month:

"There are 800 million hungry people in the world; 34,000 children
starve to death every day. There are those who consider this a
tragedy, and then there are the biotech companies and their countless
PR firms, who seem to consider it a flawless hook for product
branding. It is an insult of the highest and most grotesque order to
turn those who live from day to day into the centerpiece of an
elaborate lie [i.e. that biotech crops will feed the world]. The
companies who make [GE foods], and the flacks who hawk their
falsehoods, offer us a new definition of depravity, a new standard to
plunge for in our race to care least, want more, and divest ourselves
of all shame." Michael Manville, "Welcome to the Spin Machine"
<www.freezerbox.com/archive/2001/04/biotech/>

"The outlook [for the Genetically Engineered food industry] is less
certain than it was three years ago. The euphoria has gone. Growth has
fallen significantly. The industry has overstated the rate of progress
and underestimated the resistance of consumers." Sergey Vasnetsov, a
leading chemical industry analyst with Lehman Brothers, quoted in The
Guardian
(UK) 9/26/01

Biotech Bullies: Business as Usual

Agbiotech and corporate special interests in reaction to stubborn global
resistance have stepped-up their propaganda and bullying. This
aggression is evident in the media, the marketplace, the trade and
diplomatic fronts, the legislatures, courts, patent offices, and the
streets of the cities where anti-globalization protests have taken
place. Recognizing that a critical mass of youth, consumers, farmers,
environmentalists, and public interest nongovernmental organizations
(NGOs) all over the world are rejecting, not only the biotech
and industrial agriculture model, but also the entire "Free Trade"
globalization agenda itself, the Gene Giants and their allies know
they are losing ground. Reacting to massive demonstrations in
Seattle, Washington, Quebec, Sweden, and Genoa--with anti-Frankenfoods
concerns often in the forefront-governing elites have clamped down and
repressed youthful protestors, and have begun shifting their meetings
to inaccessible locations such as the oil sheikdom of Qatar, where the
142 nation members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are scheduled
to hold a ministerial meeting November 9-13.

Since September 11, with public attention focused on terror attacks
and the war in Afghanistan, White House operatives have done their
best to:
- sabotage stringent safety testing of genetically engineered (GE) foods
and crops in the WTO Codex Alimentarius negotiations in Vancouver;
- pressed Congress forward for "Fast Track" Presidential
negotiating authority to enable Bush to expand the power of the WTO
and spread Free Trade fundamentalism throughout the Americas;
- inserted language into the Fast Track bill that would ban mandatory
labeling of gene-altered foods and the use of the precautionary principle;
- increased pressure on the EU to lift its moratorium on genetically
modified organisms (GMOs);
- and threatened Thailand and other nations seeking to ban or label
GE crops. (See OCA's website www.organicconsumers.org for details
on these stories and other news items referred to in this issue).

Monsanto, meanwhile, has tightened its stranglehold over the agbiotech
and seed sector. The company in April was awarded a wide-ranging,
controversial patent from the US Patent office on all antibiotic
resistant marker genes (found in nearly all GMO crops), and continues
to move forward to gain a similar monopoly patent on Agrobacterium
tumefaciens, a vector (sort of a cellular taxi) used widely in
gene-splicing. Monsanto is also requiring strict licensing and royalty
agreements for scientists carrying out research on the genetic
structure or genome of rice-for which the company holds a patent. (See
www.rafi.org)

On the intimidation front, Monsanto continues to press legal charges
against several hundred North American farmers for the "crime" of
saving their seeds without paying a royalty payment to Monsanto. After
gaining a precedent setting court conviction against Saskatchewan
farmer Percy Schmeiser in March, unjustly accused of growing Roundup
Ready canola which had actually drifted onto his fields from adjoining
farms growing GE crops, Monsanto set up a toll-free "snitch line" in
Canada, advertised on radio stations, for farmers to "turn in" their
seed-saving neighbors. After protests the snitch line was
disconnected. A similar snitch line was set up in the US several years
ago.

GMO Sneak Attack Fizzles-USA and Europe

Stubborn opposition by labor, public interest, and environmental
groups over the past several years stopped Clinton, and now Bush, from
gaining "expedited" "Fast Track" negotiation powers. Fast Track
legislation, if approved by Congress, would enable the White House to
circumvent public opposition and expand legally binding trade treaties
such as the WTO (a treaty which up until now has not been yet been
fully applied to agriculture). Fast Track would also help Bush
implement new corporate-instigated trade regimes such as the so-called
Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). Under Fast Track procedures,
Congress can only vote yes or no on new treaties proposed by the White
House, giving up for five years the power to modify or change trade
rules, even when these regulations supercede or nullify local, state,
or national laws in force in the US or other nations. WTO-imposed
rules can nullify laws: protecting sea dolphins or turtles; import laws
providing support for sustainable small farms in the developing world;
laws banning hormone-tainted beef; laws regulating GMOs; or laws
banning city or state purchases from sweatshops or making investments
in companies doing business with dictatorships such as Burma.

Polls conducted several years ago by Ralph Nader's organization,
Public Citizen, revealed that 2/3 of Americans oppose global trade
agreements such as the WTO once they understand that these trade
agreements essentially establish new global economic laws which
benefit large corporations while reducing the sovereign power of
ordinary citizens and their elected representatives.

With Bush's Commander in Chief persona and popularity, at least
temporarily, at an all time high, the White House has decided that now
is the time to push through a GMO-friendly version of Fast Track and
to increase the pressure on the EU and other nations to lift their
restrictions on GE foods and crops. All this, while most of the public
and the media are preoccupied, and while those that oppose unregulated
globalization, Frankenfoods, and expanded rights for transnational
corporations can be branded as "unpatriotic."

As Robert Zoellick, US Trade Representative, stated in a Sept. 24
speech: "This President and this Administration will fight for open
markets and free trade. We will not be intimidated by those who have
taken to the streets to blame trade--and America--for the world's
ills." At the same time Bush's USDA has begun to make its first
moves to degrade organic standards, appoint advocates of industrial
agriculture to the National Organic Standards Board, and prepare the
groundwork for a gradual takeover of the organic industry by corporate
agribusiness. (More on this in the next issue of BioDemocracy News.)

On Oct. 3, the Chairman of the powerful House and Ways Committee
introduced a Fast Track bill in the Congress. This bill not only gives Bush
expanded powers to negotiate trade agreements, but is also designed to
"eliminate practices that unfairly decrease US market access
opportunities. including unjustified trade restrictions. such as
labeling, that affect new technologies, including biotechnology."

The Wall Street Journal reported on Oct. 8 that EU authorities, in a
significant concession to White House pressure, had agreed to push for
an end to the GE food and crop moratorium that has been in place in
Europe for the past three years.

Lifting the GE foods moratorium has drawn near-unanimous condemnation
from the European public. As Adrian Bebb of the UK Friends of
the Earth put it, "The EU is trying to rush ahead, under pressure from
the US and the GM industry, disregarding concerns about public health
and the environment. The gentlemen's agreements that it is proposing
with industry are likely to be worthless, and, in any case, the public
will resist having these products forced upon them." (London
Independent
10/7/01).

At an international meeting in Washington Oct. 23, EU officials
deflated Bush administration hopes, pointing out that public pressure
makes it extremely unlikely that the EU GMO moratorium will be lifted
before 2003-at the earliest, and perhaps not at all, if the US
continues to stubbornly embrace its no-labeling/no crop segregation
policy. Tony Van Der Haegen, EU minister for agriculture, stated
"Labeling . is an issue for political judgment and is necessary to
ensure transparency so as to restore consumer confidence and allow for
consumer choice. Unless we restore EU consumer confidence in this new
technology, genetic modification is dead in Europe." (InterPress
10/24/01)

Bush's push for Fast Track appears to have similarly fizzled, with
analysts in Washington predicting that the Fast Track debate will
continue in January.

Other Agbiotech Aggressions

Fast Track lobbying and diplomatic arm-twisting is just the tip of the
iceberg. Other recent moves by government and industry on the
biotech front include the following:

. Don't worry about the monarchs. Based on incomplete and short-term
(industry-funded) studies, the global media dutifully reported in
September that GE corn doesn't kill a "significant" number of monarch
butterflies. The Gene Giants were shaken by studies published in 1999
that showed that Bt corn pollen killed monarch butterflies. Never mind
that the same indentured scientists who reached the recent "don't
worry" conclusion admitted that one variety of GE corn-now to be taken
off the market-does indeed kill monarchs and their relatives. Never
mind that Bt corn kills beneficial soil microorganisms and beneficial
insects such as the lacewing or ladybug. And never mind that all GE
herbicide resistant crops, such as corn or soybeans sprayed with
Roundup or other broad spectrum herbicides, kill the monarch
caterpillar's sole food source, the milkweed plant. In addition, as Dr.
Rebecca Goldberg, a public interest biotech expert, told the New York
Times
Sept. 9, the recent monarch studies are based upon short-term
observations, and thus are unlikely to detect "long-term sub lethal"
damage to the monarchs or their relatives.

. Over the objections of public interest groups, the US Environmental
Protection Agency in October gave the green light to reregister or
continue to allow the massive cultivation of Bt cotton and corn crops.
EPA approval was made despite mounting evidence that Bt crops damage
the environment, harm public health, and threaten the use of non-GE Bt
sprays, which are essential biopesticide control agents in organic and
low-chemical input agriculture.

- Genetic pollution in Mexico. Nature magazine (10/11/01) reported
that Mexico's irreplaceable traditional and heirloom corn varieties
are becoming contaminated with GE Bt corn. Although the Mexican
government has repeatedly declared that growing GE corn in the country
is prohibited, given that the nation is the world center for corn
biodiversity with 25,000 varieties, scientists have recently
discovered gene-altered corn growing in 15 rural communities in the
southern state of Oaxaca. Mexican authorities, despite a supposed ban
on growing GE corn, have allowed US grain exporters like Cargill to
dump massive quantities of US corn (much of which since 1996 has been
GE) on the Mexican market, supposedly only for human food and animal
consumption, but which obviously now has been planted or cultivated
across the country. Dr. Doreen Stabinsky from Greenpeace USA described
this contamination of traditional varieties as "only the tip of the
iceberg" and warned that "the international community must agree on
immediate preventative measures to avoid further contamination."

- Reuters reported Sept. 19 that Monsanto and the US government,
despite widespread opposition from farmers and the Canadian Wheat
Board, are pushing ahead to secure approval for the commercialization
of GE wheat. Over 200 Canada farm groups sent a letter to Ottawa on
July 31 stating that "Overwhelming numbers of Canadian farmers and
consumers, as well as customers for Canadian wheat overseas, have said
they do not want GMO wheat." US wheat farmers in North Dakota and
other states have expressed similar statements, warning that GMO
contamination of US crops will damage the nation's billion dollar
export market for wheat, much as US corn and soybean exports have
already been damaged.

- Greenpeace reported on Sept. 7 that open field trials of GE rice
containing human genes are now being conducted in California. Kimberly
Wilson, spokeswoman for Greenpeace, stated that "There is just no
excuse to allow drug producing crops to be grown out in the fields
where they can contaminate the environment and the food chain."
. Reuters reported Sept. 4 that the Asian nation of Sri Lanka had
backed off on its policy banning GE crops, under major pressure from
the US and the World Trade Organization. The Bangkok Post (9/27/01)
described a similar situation in Thailand, where heavy pressure has
been applied on the government to suspend its ban on field-testing GE
crops.

- Bt cotton, up until now illegal in India, has been found growing on
25,000 acres in the state of Gujarat. E. A. Siddiq, chairman of an
Indian Department of Biotechnology committee that monitors transgenic
crops, says: "This is a foretaste of a frightening situation where
transgenics will be out of control and all over the place." (Nature
10/11/01)

- Ignoring the will of 90% of the population, Canadian Members of
Parliament voted Oct. 17 against mandatory labeling of GE foods.
(Ottawa Citizen 10/18/01)

- 800 organic soybean farmers rallied in Belem, Brazil to accuse
gunmen working for large ranchers of murdering eight of their members
who had spoken out strongly against GE soybeans. GE soybeans are
illegal in Brazil, despite massive pressure by Monsanto, the American
Embassy, and a number of large ranchers and landholders. (London
Independent (10/8/01).

- Monsanto warned US corn farmers in late-October that commercial
strip tests will not be able to detect at least one variety of the
company's new herbicide resistant (Roundup Ready) corn. Despite last
year's debacle over likely allergenic StarLink corn illegally getting
into the food supply, which resulted in a massive recall of over 300
brand name food products and precipitated a steep decline in US corn
export sales, Monsanto continues to push ahead for approval to plant
new GE crops, even when these crops are not approved for
commercialization in key overseas markets such as Europe and Japan.
(Associated Press 10/24/01)

- In a briefing for journalists Oct. 4, the American Medical
Association (AMA) put together a panel of industry-sponsored
researchers who claimed that GE foods could be produced which enhance
health, have better nutrition, alleviate world hunger, reduce
allergenicity, and carry vaccines to combat disease. (Biotechnology
Newswatch
10/15/01). The AMA in the past has been accused of being a
cheerleader for Monsanto and the biotech industry. The British Medical
Association, on the other hand, has called for a global moratorium on
GE foods and crops, maintaining that they have neither been proven
safe for human health nor the environment.

- The industry think tank, International Service for the Acquisition
of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), trumpeted on Oct. 18 that global
acreage of GE crops continues to grow-with a projected total of 125
million acres under cultivation by the end of 2001. What the ISAAA
fails to highlight however is that GE crop acreage has drastically
leveled off in the last 24 months after years of doubling and
redoubling. In 2000 there was only an 8% growth in GE crops. The ISAAA
also failed to mention that three, and only three, countries (the US,
Canada, and Argentina) continue to produce 98% of the world's
Frankencrops-which still include only four major industrial crops
(soybeans, corn, canola, and cotton), with one company, Monsanto,
holding patents on 80% of all cultivated GE crops.

- The US Department of Agriculture has announced that it will license
the notorious Terminator technology to its seed industry partner,
Delta & Pine Land Co. The USDA and D&PL are co-owners of three patents
on the controversial technology that genetically modifies plants to
produce sterile seeds, preventing farmers from re-using harvested
seed. (For details, see www.rafi.org)

GMO Resistance Continues

Despite aggressive moves by industry and the White House, global
resistance against Frankenfoods continues to mount. Among recent blows
to the biotech century are the following:

- Feedstuffs magazine reported on Oct. 23 that, due in large part to
the global controversy over GMOs, 50% of all US grain exporters plan
to segregate genetically engineered and non-genetically engineered
(sometimes called "identity preserved") grains next year. In the year
2000 only 10% of US grain exporters were segregating (Reuters
8/15/00). This year the figure will rise to 25%, and next year,
according to Jim Voight, vice president of operations for Archer
Daniels Midland Co, the figure will rise to 50%. ADM is currently
paying non-GMO corn growers a premium price (between 10-20 cents per
bushel) for corn and soybeans. Most GE corn and soybean exports end up
in animal feed. Currently 25% of all animal feed in the EU is non-GMO.
This percentage is expected to rise sharply over the next 12
months-making it more difficult for US, Canadian, and Argentine grain
exporters to sell GE grains to the EU. 80% of Britons in a recent poll
said they wanted meat from animals fed GE grain to be labeled.

- A similar dynamic is unfolding in Asian markets. "We won't consider
buying U.S. corn for another year or so,'" said Kim Bong-Chan of South
Korean starch producer Samyang Genex Co. "Customers in Korea have a
bad feeling [about] all GM products..." (Reuters 9/7/01)

- According to Dan McGuire of the American Corn Growers Association
(press release 10/16/01) "While some in the U.S. grain industry have
apparently been operating under the naïve notion that the European
Union could be forced to cave in to U.S. pressure and be told that
they had to buy what some in the U.S. 'insist' they buy, it's time to
let go of that illusion and put grain buyer demands well above biotech
company, GMO seed and chemical sales agendas."

- Canadian organic farmers announced in October that they plan to sue
genetic engineering companies who are marketing GE canola and
polluting their fields. (Saskatoon Star Phoenix 10/19/01) In a related
story Canada food industry officials admitted at an industry food
conference in Ontario Sept. 27 they are "losing ground on the GMO
issue"-due to widespread consumer opposition.

- Brazil announced in August it was backing off on legalizing the
planting of Monsanto's Roundup Ready soybeans, despite major pressure
from the US. (Reuters 8/9/01)

- According to a report published by John Vidal in the UK Guardian
(08/28/01), genetic engineering companies are investing less in
research than five years ago. Profits are static, countries are
tightening up labeling and import laws, the promised new generation of
crops, which are named to bring health benefits, are still three or
four years away, and no major new markets are expected to develop.
Monsanto, whose GE seeds were planted on 80 million acres last year,
has had to slash costs, cut back on research and fire almost 700
people. However Monsanto is still conducting field trials in many
developing countries and has reported an increase in acreage devoted
to GMO crops.

- Imports of US corn used in Japanese food products have declined
significantly over the past several months, due to the continuing
controversy over GE food. (Nikkei Weekly 10/25/01) Instead Japan's
food makers are turning to non-GMO corn, soy, and canola exports from
Brazil, China, Australia, South Africa, and Argentina. The recent
discovery of several Japanese cows infected with Mad Cow
Disease-attributed to contaminated animal feed imported into the
country-have further alarmed consumers and fueled the nation's already
volatile anti-Frankenfoods sentiments.

- Swiss biotech giant Novartis admitted (Reuters Oct. 4) that the
company's Gerber baby food sold in the Philippines contained
genetically modified soy. Novartis stressed the products were safe but
added that it was seeking a new supplier. Novartis had previously
pledged to Greenpeace and other pressure groups that its Gerber baby
food line in the EU and the US was guaranteed free of GE ingredients.
The company has come under criticism from Monsanto and grocery trade
associations for "caving in" to consumer pressure.

- Friends of the Earth, the Organic Consumers Association, and other
members of the Genetically Engineered Food Alert (GEFA) warned the
Environmental Protection Agency in a press release on Sept. 21
<gefoodalert.org> that all Bt corn, potatoes, and cotton products, not
just StarLink corn, may be allergenic or harmful to humans. According
to Larry Bohlen of Friends of the Earth (UPI 9/21/01): "The EPA is
supposed to base its reassessment on 'the most current health and
ecological data,' incorporating 'all available scientific information
on Bt products,' in particular the recommendations of its scientific
advisory panels and the National Academy of Sciences report on
pest-protected plants," Bohlen wrote. "As detailed in our submission
to the EPA, the agency has failed to do this." Bohlen said the toxins
produced by Bt corn either have characteristics that make them
possible human allergens or have never been assessed for such
characteristics. He said the data collected on potatoes and cotton
also is lacking.

- GEFA and the OCA's statement on the potential human health hazards
of Bt crops comes in the wake of warnings by other scientists, as well
as field reports from farmers in the Mid-west US. Dr. Arpad Pusztai,
perhaps the most well-known and respected critic of GE food hazards in
Europe, warned in 1999 that the Bt toxin (gene-spliced into GMO corn,
potatoes, and cotton) comes from the same chemical family as the
snowdrop lectin, which turned out to be poisonous to lab animals in
his widely publicized experiments with GE potatoes. The GE snowdrop
lectin-spliced potatoes, among other things, damaged the digestive
system of rats, fueling concerns that perhaps all Bt foods might do
the same to humans. In a similar vein, farmers have reported (in Acres
USA
magazine) for several years that cows and other animals, including
deer, have been seen walking through patches of Bt corn (refusing to
eat it) to graze on non-GE corn. Stay tuned to BioDemocracy News for
further developments on the toxicity of Bt corn.

- A class action suit has been filed in Tennessee, similar to suits
already filed in six other states, to recover millions of dollars in
damages from Aventis for the StarLink corn debacle of the past year.
(The Tennessean 9/9/01)

- On Sept. 13 the African nation of Zimbabwe warned GE exporters not
to send GE food or crop seeds into the country without the prior
approval of the nation's Biosafety Board. (Agence France 9/13/01)

- A national anti-GE coalition leafleted outside Loblaw's supermarkets
in Canada on Sept. 9. The coalition, spearheaded by the Council of
Canadians, Sierra Club, and Greenpeace has been pressuring Loblaw's,
the largest supermarket chain in Canada, to remove all GE-tainted
products from its brand name line. "Loblaw's sells foods that have
been genetically engineered, but without labels indicating they are
and we think that's wrong," said Nadia Alexan, co-coordinator of the
Montreal Chapter of the Council of Canadians, a group that has been
lobbying the federal government to enforce labeling on GE foods. "But
polls consistently show over the last six years that 93 per cent of
Canadians want a mandatory labeling policy."

- A similar supermarket campaign has been carried out recently in the
US, targeting Trader Joe's, an upscale chain operating in 13 states.
The Trader Joe's campaign in the US has been led by Greenpeace, with
participation by the Organic Consumers Association and other groups.
Campaigners want Trader Joe's to follow the lead of other chains, such
as Whole Foods and Wild Oats, and ban GMOs from their brand name
products.

- On Oct. 30 Greenpeace and the OCA, joined by regional RAGE
(Resistance Against Genetic Engineering) activists and the Genetic
Engineering Action Network (GEAN) carried out a "National Day of
Labeling" action against a variety of supermarket chains in 10 major
cities across the US. In these cities volunteer "labeling brigades"
slipped into supermarkets and placed GMO food labels on selected foods
and beverages, paying special attention to GE-tainted products
produced by Kraft, Kellogg's, and Starbucks. Supermarket officials,
caught off guard, didn't even notice what was happening in most
locations, giving protestors up to 30 minutes to label hundreds of
products. Stores called the police in several cities, but
demonstrators disappeared before police arrived.

- Braving a torrential downpour, 10,000 New Zealanders rallied against
GE food and crops in Auckland on Sept. 1. Annette Cotter of Greenpeace
summed up the spirit of the crowd: "The overwhelming success of this
rally has sent a very clear message to the Government. People of this
country want a GE free environment and food chain. Keep GE in the
lab." www.organticts.org

- Direct action sabotage of GE crop test plots has continued over the
past 90 days, with widely publicized actions taking place in France
(led by Jose Bove's Confederation Paysanne), the Philippines, and the
UK. Court trials of "crop pullers," especially in the UK continue to
generate bad publicity for the GMO industry and sympathy for the
protestors.

- Anti-GMO activists in Oregon are making progress in gathering 80,000
signatures to put an initiative on the state ballot for Nov. 2002 that
calls for mandatory labeling of all GE foods. Spokespersons for the
initiative, Donna Harris and Parker Bell, told BioDemocracy News that
they are confident the initiative will get on the ballot and be voted
into law, despite strong opposition by corporate agribusiness and the
biotech lobby. For more information on the Oregon GMO labeling
initiative see www.labelgefoods.org

- More bad news for biotech. A national poll carried out by the Pew
Charitable Trust in July found that churchgoing Americans are
increasingly opposed to the biotech industry "playing God" and
genetically engineering food and living organisms. The recent poll
contrasts sharply with polls conducted several years ago, which found
support for GE among religious-minded Americans. Pew found 62% of
"born again" Evangelicals said they were opposed to GE foods, 57% of
Protestants, and 55% of Catholics. Only among the Jewish community did
a slight majority (55%) say they supported the technology. In every
religious denomination, women were more likely than men to oppose GE
food. (Washington Times 7/29/01)

What's Next: Food & Anti-GE Activism in a Time of Crisis

Despite pro-active moves by the White House and agbiotech interests in
the wake of Sept. 11 and the war in Afghanistan, the embattled Biotech
Century remains stillborn. Fast Track has fizzled, at least for the
moment. European and Asian politicians still recognize that trying to
force untested and unlabeled American and Canadian Frankenfoods down
the throats of consumers' amounts to political suicide. And even Bush
and the global cheerleaders for unfettered Free Trade recognize that
using the WTO as a hammer to force GMOs on global Civil Society could
destroy the entire WTO agenda. In other words no one seems to be
buying the idea that it's your patriotic duty to be a human guinea
pig-that we must all shut up and eat our Frankenfoods, that we must
get over our queasiness about filthy meat, pesticides, hormones, toxic
sludge, agricultural sweatshops, world hunger, greenhouse gas
emissions from an evermore globalized and industrial food system, and
Mad Cow.

In fact, since Sept. 11, there are signs that consumers are more
concerned than ever about what they are feeding their children and
themselves. In Japan a Mad Cow crisis grips the country, while even in
the US government authorities seem spooked by a Mad Cow-like disease
(Chronic Wasting Disease) spreading rapidly among wild and
domesticated deer and elk. In the US people are eating out less and
cooking at home more. Organic foods worldwide are booming, while food
security and world hunger are moving from the back burner of public
consciousness to the forefront. In the next issue of BioDemocracy News
we will look more closely at the global crisis over food safety and
food security. In the meantime stay tuned to our website for daily
news and Action Alerts: www.organicconsumers.org

### End of BioDemocracy News #36 (Nov. 2001)

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