All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Monday, March 27, 2006

No Frankenfruit in Montville

Montville has become the first town in Maine to ban genetically engineered seeds in its land use ordinances.
The fear of those opposing the newly developed seeds - whose DNA is reconfigured to make the plants resistant to insects and weed-killing chemicals - is that the pollen from mature plants will contaminate nearby organic farms, or those traditional farms that do not want to use the altered seeds.

Those who favor chemical-free agriculture also oppose the genetically modified crops' reliance on herbicides; the seeds are altered so they are impervious to herbicides, which can then be freely applied to fields to kill weeds. [Link]
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