Anti-Biotech Luddites Sow Fear

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To the Editor:

American consumers should be appalled at the thought of the consortium of anti-biotech activists declaring war on socalled "genetically modified organisms." These "activists" assume they know what is best for all of us, and would limit our choices, as well as those of plant breeders and farmers world-wide with no rational, scientific basis for their actions.

As the article notes, "there is little evidence now that genetically modified crops are even hazardous," and that even the activists "concede that any real risks to people are unknown." But lack of evidence is not halting the anti-biotech propaganda. Activists ignore the truth that man has been genetically modifying crops-albeit in relatively crude, hit-or-miss ways-for thousands of years. But the truth seems to have little bearing on their activities.