Docket Management
Docket: 02D-0324 - Draft Guid.: Drugs, Biologics & Medical Devices Derived from Bioengineered Plants
Comment Number: EC -77

Accepted - Volume 9

Comment Record
Commentor Mr. David Dechant Date/Time 2003-02-07 13:28:11
Organization Dechant Farms
Category Individual

Comments for FDA General
1. General Comments Dear FDA, I am a corn farmer in Colorado and I do not want to see pharmaceutical corn grown in my state or anywhere else in the US. We already have lost significant corn exports to the EU and Japan due to the production of non-EU and non-Japan approved GMO corn varieties in the US. We do not need to lose more exports! Moreover, both food and livestock feed manufactturers are against using food and feed crops for drug production and have a 0 percent tolerance levels for any such corn contaminating the grain they use. The Starlink episode has proven that it is impossible to arrive at 0% tolerance levels for non-approved GMOs. It won't be any different with corn modified to produce drugs. Also, the GMO regulatory system in the US is not transparent as it is described to be, specifically, I as a farmer do not have the right to know if any field trials or commercial production of drug crops are in fields near to me. How are farmers to protect themselves when they don't have the right to know what is happening in their neighborhoods? Sincerely, David Dechant 8029 CR 39 Ft. Lupton, CO 80621

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