Friday, March 07, 2003

Maybe Iowans should privatize their investments [NYT]
USDA announces (slightly less crippling than necessary) new rules, as predicted in the immediately preceeding post:
The rules do not outlaw biopharming in the heart of the Corn Belt. The biotechnology industry had proposed that idea, but Midwest politicians opposed it, saying it would deny farmers an opportunity to grow what could be lucrative crops.

Ms. Smith said increasing the distance between pharmaceutical and conventional crops would make it much less practical to grow such corn in the Corn Belt. Corn with pharmaceuticals that is allowed to pollinate freely will have to be kept one mile from other corn, double the previously required distance.

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