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Invasion of the gene snatchers

(Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003 -- CropChoice news) -- The Mexican state of Oaxaca is the global center for corn diversity and home to the commercial varieties of corn grown throughout the world. At least, it was until an invasion of the gene snatchers!

This Saturday at 9AM Pacific, the Food Chain with Michael Olson hosts University of California, Berkeley Professor Ignacio Chapela for a rebroadcast of his controversial claim that genetically-engineered corn has taken over the DNA of native races of corn throughout Mexico.

(Listen here: http://www.metrofarm.com/index.asp?cat=40088 ) Topics will include how genetically-engineered corn, despite being illegal, came to be planted throughout Mexico; Chapela’s controversial claim that patented genes have contaminated the DNA of native races of corn; and speculation as to who actually now owns those native races of corn. Listeners are invited to call the live program on KFRM, KGOE, KMPH, KOMY, or KSCO with questions and comments at 800-624-2665.