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Mon Jun 14 11:24:58 EST 1999


NATIONAL SuMMIT ON THE HAZARDS OF GENALLY ENGINEERED FOODS

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ARE GENE ALTERED FOODS SAFE? DEBATE COMES HOME TO THE U.S.


Allance of Scientists, Farmers, Financial Investors, Religious
Leaders, and Consumer Groups Mobilize to Halt Proliferation of
Genetically Engineered Foods

Leaders to Present the First 500,000 Petition Signatures Calling for

Mandatory Labeling of GE Foods

Thursday, June 17, 9 a.m. to 12 noon Capitol Hilton Hote4 South
American Room, Washington, D.C.

THE SAFETY OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS -- an issue of intense
scientific, political, and ethical debate throughout Europen -- is
finally hitting home in the United States.

With increasing press reports on genetic engineering's downside,
from
the death of Monarch butter-flies to the economic fallout for U.S.
farmers, Americans are starting to ask: Are these foods safe? Should

we feed them to our children? Should the government require longterm

safety tesfing and labeling? And should "socially responsible
investors" support the biotech industry in their portfolios?

These questions will be addressed during the National Summit on the
Hazards of Genetically Engi- neered Foods to be held on Thursday,
June
17th, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, at the Capitol Hilton Hotel, 16th and
K
Streets, NW, in Washington. There is no charge to attend the Summit.

The first 500,000 petition signatures calling for the mandatory
labeling of genetically engineered foods will also be presented
during
the Summit. Copies of these signatures will be submitted to the
White
House, Congress, USDA, FDA, and EPA.

"The U.S. government would have the rest of the world believe that
the
American people whole-heartedly endorse genetically engineered
foods,"
says Laura Ticciati, Summit spokesperson and organizer of the
national
petition drive. "The truth is the American people know little or
nothing about these foods, and when they do learn they are apalled
and
opposed to them. This Summit wil1 bring together leaders in all
areas
of society to voice their serious misgivings over the genetic
corruption of our food supply and the outrage that we feel about
being
conscripted in this global food experiment without our knowledge or
consent."

Panelists include Sheldon Krimsky, Ph.D., Professor, Department of
Urban and Environmental Policy, Tufts University; Richard Strohman,
Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Molecular and Cell Biology, University of

California at Berkeley; Bill Wadsworth, Technical Manager, Iceland
Fro- zen Foods, Plc, United Kingdom; The Hon. Marie Rabideau, New
Hampshire State Legislature and sponsor of House Bill 291 that would

ban `Vrerminator Technology" from New Hampshire; and the Reverend
Dr.
Donald Conroy, Roman Catholic priest and President, North American
Coalition on Religion and Ecology.

See the following page for a complete listing of all 18 Summit
panelists.



NATIONAL SUMMIT ON THE HAZARDS OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS

Presentation of the first 500,000 petition signatures calling for
the
mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods to be submitted
to
the President, Congress, USDA, FDA, and EPA

ThURSDAY, JUNE 17  9am to 12Noon Capitol Hilton Hotel, 16th & K
Streets, NW; Washington, D.C.

You are cordially invited to attend this national summit to discuss
the urgent need to safrguard Amerira's food supply from the hazards
ofgenetk engineering.


- PANELISTS -


SCIENCE, HEALTH, AND ENVIRONMENT

SHELDON KRIMSKY, PH.D., Professor, Department of Urban and
Environmental Policy, Tuffts University

RICHARD STROHMAN, PH.D., Professor Emeritus, Molecular and Cell
Biology, University of California at Berkeley

RAMA DWIVEDI, PH.D., Associate Director, Targeted Mutagenesis
Facility, Children's Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University
Medical School

JOHN HAGEUN, PH.D., Director, Institute of Science, Technology, and
PubliC Policy; Presidential Candidate, Natural law Party; Conference

Moderator

RONALD DAVID, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, D.C. General Hospital,
Washington, D.C.

GARY KAPLAN, M.D., PH.D., Director, Clinical Neurophysiology; North
Shore University Hospital, New York University School of Medicine


AGRICULTURE, ECONOMICS, AND TRADE

BIll WADSWORTH, Technical Manager, Iceland Frozen Foods, Plc, United

Kingdom; Former Chairman, Food legislation Committee, British Retail

Consortium; 1999 Corporate Conscience Award Winner, Council on
Economic Priorities

THE HON. MARIE RABIDEAU, New Hampshire State legislature; Sponsor of

House Bill 291 that would ban "Terminator Technology" from New
Hampshire

PATRICK MCVEIGH, Executive vice President, Trillium Asset Management

(formerly Franklin Research and Development) STEVE SUPPAN, PH.D.,
Director of Research, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

FREDERICK KIRSCHENMANN, PH.D., Owner, Kirschenmann Family Farms;
Member, National Organic Standards Board; Former member, USDA
National
Sustainable Agriculture Advisory Council

MARGARET WITTENBERG, Vice President, Governmental and Public
Affairs,
Whole Foods Market, Inc.; USDA/EPA Tolerance Reassessment Advisory
Committee Retailer Representative

SUSAN HAEGER, President, Citizens For Health

LAURA TICCIATI, Executive Director, Mothers for Natural Law;
National
Coordinator, "Consumer Right to Know Campaign;" Conference Host


ETHICS AND RELIGION

STEVE DRUKER, Director, Allance for Bio-Integrity

The REVEREND DL DONALD CONROY, Roman Catholic Priest; President,
North
American Coalition on Religion and Ecology

RABBI ALAN GREEN, Association of Jewish Renewal

Rabbis ThE REVEREND DR DEWITT WILLIAMS, Director of Health
Ministries
of North America, Seventh-Day Adventist Church


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Sponsored by Mothers for Natural Law of the Natural Law Party

Participation by panel members does not necessarily imply support
for
the Natural Law Party. Natural Law Party, Blair House Suite 525,
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