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    The next time you're eating rice, do you really want to worry whether it's been contaminated with drugs?

    Welcome to Pharming, the new genetic engineering science that turns corn, rice and even animals, into drug manufacturing factories.

    The editors of a leading journal in the field, Nature Biotechnology, recently compared growing drugs in food crops to a pharmaceutical manufacturer "packaging its pills in candy wrappers or flour bags or storing its compounds or production batches untended outside the perimeter fence."

    This week, join host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environmental News Network to learn about the recent court ruling regarding biopharming, and its implications in California, Hawaii and nationally.

    This Week's Guests:

    Joseph Mendelson III — Legal Director, Center for Food Safety

    Mr. Mendelson is co-founder and legal director of CFS. His recent efforts include serving as lead counsel in litigations against the Food and Drug Administration for its failure to require the pre- market safety testing, full environmental review and labeling of genetically engineered foods, and against the Environmental Protection Agency for its inadequate approval process of genetically engineered B.t. crops.

    Paul Achitoff — Managing Attorney, EarthJustice

    Paul Achitoff has been a litigator for over twenty years, and graduated from Harvard College and Columbia Law School. He is the managing attorney of the Honolulu office of Earthjustice, a national, nonprofit, public interest environmental law firm. Paul currently represents Kahea - the Hawaiian Environmental Alliance in a suit challenging the U.S. Department of Agriculture's failure to assess the risks of genetically engineered pharmaceutical producing plant varieties, which are extensively field-tested in Hawaii and elsewhere.

    Greg Massa — Rice Farmer, CA

    Greg is a rice farmer in Glenn and Colusa counties, CA. He is concerned that this rice is "a risk to the safety and purity of our food."

    More information:

  • Read the Center for Food Safety report
  • Read an important ruling in Hawaii
  • Read about Greg Massa

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