Docket Management
Docket: 00D-1598 - Voluntary Labeling Indicating Whether Foods Have Been Developed Using Bioengineering
Comment Number: EC -193

Accepted - Volume 64

Comment Record
Commentor Mr. Zac Cogle Date/Time 2001-03-01 02:09:12
Organization Mr. Zac Cogle
Category Health Professional

Comments for FDA General
Questions
1. General Comments It recently came to my attention that a Cornell University Entomologist discovered that a monarch butterfly larvae died within days of consuming pollen of a genetically modified corn crop. The way I see it is everything is connected, today it just maybe a butterfly, but a mere butterfly is on the bottom of the food chain, what about the animals that pray upon them and so on. I the pursuit of the cash crop we extinct entire species. This reminds me of beaver trappers, or buffalo hunters in early America, devastating entire species. Although our actions my not be so direct and deliberate, they are still careless. The way things are now has taken millions of years to balance. I believe that we should marvel at natures beauty and respect it. I don't want to catch a fish and wonder who engineered the DNA on this one. In the New York Times I read that a Canadian Company is waiting approval to sell genetically engineered salmon eggs in the U.S. These fish grow at an enormous rate, what will this go to natural salmon populations, what will happen to predators praying on these fish. How will these fish change the environment in a way that will harm other life, even us. I am not a tree hugger, I was born hunting and fishing. I respect the wilderness and when I see things like this I am frightened for not only the future of the wilderness, but for my future and the future of the earth. I propose 1. Independant safety testing proving no harmful effects on humans or the enviorment 2. labeling ensuring the consumers right to know 3. That the Biotechnology corporations that manufacture them be held responsible of any harm these organisms may cause




EC -193