No 'dead babies' in my beer? Oh my...
April 14, 2005 9:52 AM Subscribe
In a surprise move, Anheuser-Busch
has gone up against some of the biotech firms that would like to grow genetically-modified (GM) rice containing human DNA
. The biotech firm that grows it says that their rice contains synthetic human genes which the company hopes to harvest and refine for use in medicines to fight diarrhea and dehydration.
Anheuser-Busch's concerns are not with the science of biotech, but rather the risk of crop-contamination, as has happened with farmers not only in the U.S.
, but all over the world
. The USDA has issued rice-tweakers Ventria Bioscience
and 300 other biopharmers permission to plant various augmented plants around the country since 1995, but Anheuser-Busch is the first large corporation to threaten a boycott - unusual, because poultry and beef stock
(PDF) are fed this kind of thing every day
, and have been for the past 20 years
. I guess the Budweiser brewers just don't want to see 'dead people
' in their suds...
On the flip-side of this occurrence, the response of the anti-stem cell activists
has been nothing short of sensory-deprivation. Shouldn't six-packs, cornfields and Porky
be given the same human rights as the unborn?
Also related: Contaminated: The New Science of Food (quicktime movie)
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