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Zambia rejects biotech corn donations

(Monday, Aug. 26, 2002 -- CropChoice news) -- Zambia told United Nations representatives that it can get enough grain to feed 2.5 million people facing starvation that it won't need U.S. donations of corn, some of which is genetically modified.

The Zambian leaders are concerned with what it regards as human and environmental health risks from such corn. They're more worried that some of the kernels might be planted. Were the genetic traits from the resulting plants to end up in the conventional corn varieties that Zambian farmers grow, the country could lose its European Union market, which doesn't want biotech food.

See the full story at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A59117-2002Aug25.html