“Under the proposed rules, USDA’s new motto is ‘Only safe levels of drugs in U.S. food.’ If these proposals are enacted into law, American consumers must accept the possibility of drugs in their breakfast cereal or other common foods. Moreover, these rules likely will lead to contamination scares, which will hurt the food industry.
“The USDA proposal, unlike the ban we recommended, offers no incentives to drug companies to pursue already existing, safer methods for producing drugs.
“In its rush to enact the proposed rules into law before the end of the Bush administration, the USDA has given short shrift to public participation. The department is allowing only 45 days for the public to analyze and comment on this major proposal, which will determine the government’s approach to regulating genetically engineered organisms for years to come.
After putting some research into the provenance of
this article, I find too many questions about its origin, and have been
unable to uncover anything that supports its authenticity. Neither
have Snopes.com, who list it as “Undetermined.” That is not good
enough for someone who, while not my kind of guy, has served this
country faithfully for many years.
Although I remain a staunch
supporter of Senators Obama and Biden and find the possibility of
Senator McCain and Governor Palin getting into the White House to be
absolutely chilling, I must, nonetheless, apologize to the senator, his
supporters and to you for having posted it without checking more
carefully. This is precisely the kind of character assassination we
have come to expect from the “other side,” and I regret having been an
unwitting party to it.