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Re: [AG] Genetically-Engineered Agriculture

I would say they are  not motivated by greed always but desperate for money. There should be a better way for Universities to fund research.  Let's take it out of Agriculture for a minute.   How about researching the effectiveness of a particular drug with grants from Proctor and Gamble?
   Here's a local example.  The state geologist who decides if quarries are dangerous to the environment or not is also in private practice working as a private consultant to those same quarries and heads the geology department at the largest university in this state.
    If no one talks about, we get no change.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2000 8:14 AM
Subject: Re: [cg] [AG] Genetically-Engineered Agriculture

I DO work for a university although I am not a researcher.  I just ask folks to be carefull not to make this or any issue too black and white.  Life is full of complexities and shades of gray and people are motivated by many things.  My experience with university researchers is that they are interested in helping producers, not the chemical industry.  That is not to say that there may not be issues that the researchers have failed to consider, but please don't lump all researchers together as bad guys who don't care about the environment and are primarily motivated by greed.

At 08:12 PM 01/04/2000 -0600, you wrote:
>Dale, who do you work for?
>  I'm aware that universities get their funding from chemical
>companies for their research on so called "safe" insecticides,
>herbicides and the rest. So we can hardly call agricultural
>research (for the most part) highly reliable, can we?
>    Perhaps justifiable paranoia is healthy.
>---- Original Message -----
>From: Dale Tate (by way of Lucy Bradley
><BradleyL@ag.arizona.edu>) <tate@dzn.com>
>To: <community_garden@mallorn.com>
>Sent: Tuesday, January 04, 2000 5:16 PM
>Subject: [cg] [AG] Genetically-Engineered Agriculture
>> Hello,
>> There seems to be a number of people getting paranoid over
>> Engineering. You can get some knowledge about the subject by
>going to
>> Some people maintain that Monsanto, DuPoint, and others are
>in the field of
>> genetic engineering in order to make a dollar. That's how you
>got your
>> toast, orange, eggs, and bacon for breakfast this morning. I
>thought this
>> was the American way so what's so improper in making money.
>> Do any of you have some feeling about the subject that you
>are willing to
>> divulge?
>> Dale Tate
>> 5305 Anchorage Ave.
>> El Paso,TX 79924
>> 915.751.3879
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