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To: Mike McFarland who wrote (72)12/2/1999 2:00:00 AM
From: Mike McFarland
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<endure yet another ultrasound>

For my online buddies, who might have sifted
through the previous post and
McFarland does have half a functioning renal
system. We have been worried sick these past
two weeks, but turns out, there is indeed
one kidney, and looks like it is all hooked
up and working fine. This happens in one out
of 1-5000 births, and is called unilateral
multicystic dysplastic kidney. Basically one
kidney is missing, or very small and not
functional, with very obvious cysts. The other
is a tad larger than it would be normally,
picks up the slack, and functions normally.
We had been worried about a ureter blockage,
but that was an annoying false alarm, as
the right amount of fluid is indeed getting
through the system and back out.

Batting .500 ain't bad, I'll take it.
Baby is due around leap day 2000, at
which time online slacker time gradually
gives way to late night feedings and diapers <g>

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To: Mike McFarland who wrote (73)12/4/1999 5:41:00 AM
From: Arthur Radley
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Sorry to hear the news, but it appears that things are working out for the positive. Our thoughts will be with you and wife.

Biotech Foods: Future Foods or Fowl Play? Current Reports Available at NTIS
SPRINGFIELD, Va., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Take a peek inside your refrigerator. Carrots. Apples. Corn. Peppers.

At first glance, these products seem familiar, but what you may not realize is amid all the produce staples found inside your refrigerator today may be foods that are genetically modified. Although biotech foods promise better and more plentiful products for consumers, the reaction from the public is mixed. To assist the public's understanding of bioengineered foods, the National Technical Information Service announces a variety of reports on the subject.

Are there serious risks to human health and the environment? How can biotechnology help farmers and consumers? These reports can both encourage and facilitate research for the food industry, and give consumers the information they need to decide the biotech issue for themselves. NTIS reports include:

Enhancing the Safety of America's Food Supply--Food Safety Round Table. Participants representing academia, government, industry, and public interest groups address key issues, such as microbial contamination, naturally occurring toxicants, pesticide residues, and genetically modified products and its relation to food safety and supply. Order number: PB93-101582KPO, $28.50.

Mailing of Genetically Modified Microorganisms: A Field Survey. Research institutions regularly exchange genetically modified bacterial strains by mail. Consequently, many countries have introduced strict rules that regulate the mailing of GMOs. Order Number: PB93-178143KPO, $28.50.

Assessing Risks from GMOs to Ecosystems and Human Health; Symposium Paper. Techniques in molecular biology have made it possible to incorporate genes from one organism into virtually any other organism's genetic composition to create new life forms. This paper reviews and assesses health and ecosystem safety of GMOs. Order Number PB97-122717KPO, $33.00.

These titles are available from NTIS, call 1-800-553-NTIS (6847) or (703) 605-6000. There is a $5 handling fee for each total order, no additional charges for shipping. Most major credit cards accepted. Online ordering is available at Order via e-mail: Fax order to (703) 605-6900.

The National Technical Information Service is the federal government's central source for the sale of scientific, technical, engineering, and related business information produced by or for the U.S. government and complementary material from international sources. Nearly 3 million products are available from NTIS in a variety of formats including microfiche, paper, diskette, audiovisual, CD-ROM, and online.

SOURCE: National Technical Information Service

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To: Mike McFarland who wrote (73)12/30/1999 10:38:00 AM
From: Arthur Radley
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This news cuts both ways.
Gov't reimbursement potential but reduced crop plantings.

Corn Growers State That Farmers Should Not Be Blamed for Higher Food Costs Attributed to GMOs
Agriculture Department Should Pay All Farmer Costs for Testing and Segregating
TULSA, Okla., Dec. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- A leading economist for the Federal Reserve Bank is predicting that food costs could increase to the consumer because of the costs of harvesting, segregating, testing and labeling genetically modified (GMO) crops. Mike Singer, Agricultural Economist with the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank, also predicted a drop in GMO planted acres for this coming year.

The American Corn Growers Association (ACGA) states very clearly that any increase in food costs should not be blamed on the American farmer. In addition, the ACGA believes that the U.S. Department of Agriculture should pay any cost borne by production agriculture for segregating and testing GMO or non-GMO crops.

``USDA has stated many times that genetically modified crops are safe and marketable. They have approved these products and encouraged farmers to plant them in increased numbers without any concern for risks attributed to loss of marketability due to consumer resistance,' said Gary Goldberg, Chief Executive Officer of the ACGA. ``Now that higher cost for the planting, harvesting and marketing of GMOs are falling on farmers shoulders, USDA should be responsible for picking up the tab.'

With current commodity prices hitting historic lows, corn producers are seeing a minimal return on the consumer food dollar. In fact, there is only 2 cents worth of corn in a one pound box of corn flakes costing over $3.35. Therefore, the farmer can not be held responsible for any increase in wholesale or retail food costs since the farm-level value is such a miniscule portion of total food prices.

``Since much of the grain handling, grain exporting, agri-processing, wholesale and retail grocery associations have endorsed the continued planting of genetically modified food products, we believe that they should eat any cost increases for food products attributed to GMOs. After all, those who proliferate this technology should pay for its resulting consequences, and not the general public that doesn't even know that GMOs are in their food supply,' added Goldberg.

The ACGA does agree with one comment made by Mr. Singer when he predicted that there could very well be a reduction in GMO planted acres for this coming growing season. That follows statements made by the Corn Growers who have been predicting a 20 to 25 percent decrease in GMO planted acres.

``Everywhere we turn, more and more problems exist for production agriculture brought about by genetically modified crops. Farmers must decide for themselves whether any perceived benefits outweigh the growing risks to the continued planting of GMOs,' concluded Goldberg.

SOURCE: The American Corn Growers Association

Related News Categories: biotech, environmental

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To: Arthur Radley who wrote (75)12/30/1999 3:47:00 PM
From: banco$
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12/30 Whole Foods, Wild Oats to Ban Gene-Altered Foods

United Kindom News
Thu, 30 Dec 1999, 8:04pm GMT

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To: banco$ who wrote (76)12/31/1999 11:12:00 AM
From: Mike McFarland
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GM Foods—Bringing Rationality to the Debate
The link is lower right page under Features.

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To: Mike McFarland who wrote (77)1/17/2000 5:32:00 PM
From: Arthur Radley
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This issue isn't going away...

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To: Arthur Radley who wrote (78)1/31/2000 6:12:00 PM
From: Abuckatatime
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Lehrer News Hour has report on GM food tonight.

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To: Abuckatatime who wrote (79)4/6/2000 8:40:00 PM
From: Mike McFarland
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Rice genome FAQ

gosh, we really let the thread go dormant, there has been a deluge of reporting on GMOs way to archive every link I guess, seems like nearly every day I see something new on the subject. Still, let's see if we can't get the thread moving again.

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To: Mike McFarland who wrote (80)5/18/2000 12:58:00 AM
From: Mike McFarland
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Nature Insight Biodiversity
a freebie at

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To: Mike McFarland who wrote (81)6/24/2010 5:15:30 PM
From: LLCF
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Hi Mike,

Amazing it's been 10 years since someone posted here with GMO being such an important topic. Strange.


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