Congressional report also touts biotech products

Agricultural biotech also got a strong thumbs-up in a report issued by the House Subcommittee on Basic Research. In a letter accompanying the report, subcommittee chairman Rep.

Nick Smith (R-MI) said that while biotechnology has protected and enriched the lives of millions of people, its agricultural applications have been attacked by “well-financed activist groups.” The controversy revolves around three questions, says Smith: (1) are agricultural biotechnology and classical breeding methods conceptually the same? (2) are these products safe to eat? (3) are they safe for the environment? The answer to all three questions, says Smith, is “a resounding ‘yes.’” In fact, he says, biotech plants may be even safer. The report concluded there is no scientific justification for labeling foods based on how they are produced.

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