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GM Is Kidstuff

Desperate biotech corporations are after our kids.They are sponsoring a contest to "create the "Food of the Future" for a chance to win a $10,000 college scholarship!"

The contest is open to kids 8-12 years in the US, and only with parental consent. And just for entering, they'll be sent a free copy of Look Closer at Biotechnology "filled with fun ed-ucational activities".

"What can biotechnology do?

"Imagine this: you go to the doctor for a check-up, and instead of giving you a shot, he feeds you a banana!….

"Does this sound like a dream come true? …

"In some poorer parts of the world, millions of kids can't even afford to go to the doctor for shots that could save their lives. For them, this banana could mean much more. Giving them foods made with this banana would be easier than giving them a shot, and that could mean a longer, healthier life."

The Washington based Council for Biotechnology Information sponsoring the contest was founded in April 2000 by leading biotechnology companies "to create a comprehensive communication campaign about biotechnology". The council claims to be "committed to providing objective, balanced information to help you better understand and appreciate the benefits biotechnology offers, as well as to encourage informed debate about the issues it raises."

The founding companies are Aventis, BASF, Bayer, Dow, Dupont, Monsanto and Syngenta. Two trade associations, the American Crop Protection Association and Bio--technology Industry Organization, also are members.

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Thanks to Norfolk Genetic Engineering Network for supplying the information