Gene Altered Seeds Of Discontent

Biotech companies are facing a growing furor in Europe over genetically altered food

Last fall, protesters in Ireland dug up fields of gene-spliced sugar beets. In Iowa, members of the environmental group Greenpeace spray-painted rows of genetically engineered soybeans. British activists shivered naked on the rooftops of London to protest what they called a genetic coverup, and others carried life-size, inflatable Frankenstein monsters through the streets to protest genetically modified foods. In Austria, concern about bioengineered foods led the government to ban imports of gene-spliced crops.

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