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6 Jun 1999 Issue

Internet Chat

Join Karen Coyne for an event you won't want to miss!

Microsoft Network has a website all about food,
http://communities.msn.com/cooking/veg.asp .

They have asked Karen Coyne to host a weekly chat on vegetarianism and
veganism. The chats will be held each week on a variety of topics from health
to environmental concerns to animal-related issues. Karen will host her first
chat on Monday, June 7, 1999. Instructions on how to join this chat are below.

HOW TO BE A FEATURED GUEST ON KAREN COYNE’S MSN CHAT:
If you or someone you know would like to be the featured guest on one of Karen
Coyne’s live chats, you may send your request via e-mail to vegan2@msn.com .
As a featured guest, you may choose the option of having a typist type for you
if you would prefer to answer questions via the telephone.

TOPIC FOR THE FIRST CHAT ON JUNE 7TH:
"Terminator and Traitor Technology"

The USDA, spending public money, has developed a technology, being called
Terminator Technology by some, to create plants that will not reproduce.
Several multi-billion dollar companies are getting in on the action in order to
make billions of dollars by putting an end to the age-old practice of farmers
being able to save their seeds to grow crops the following season. With these
new plants that cannot propagate, farmers will be forced to return to the
companies selling these seeds in order to buy seeds that will actually grow
into plants. One such company standing to gain a fortune with this new
technology is the world’s dominant biotech company, Monsanto, with an
estimated worth of $35 billion dollars and one of the biggest contributors to the
Clinton campaign, as well as to both the Democratic and Republican parties.

Isn't the USDA supposed to be concerned about our health? Why then are they
working to pass a patent for this new technology which has actually been
scientifically proven to cause "stunted growth, weakened immune systems, and
damage to vital organs"? Could it be because the technology is worth an
estimated 1.5 BILLION dollars a year in licensing fees alone, and the USDA is
LICENSING the technology to the companies selling the seeds?

When a crop of these plants that cannot propagate is grown next to a natural,
traditional crop, it is actually possible that the genetically modified plants can
take over the natural crop through pollen being carried by wind, insects, and
birds. As one person put it, "This is the ultimate in Capitalism. We're going to
remove nature's ability to propagate herself, so we can charge money for that
privilege."

There is much more to know about this technology, which we'll focus on during
our chat. We'll also discuss Traitor Technology, which is the term given to
certain kinds of genetically modified food which is ALREADY being sold.
Chances are, when you eat french fries at McDonald's, you may be consuming
potatoes that have been genetically modified and are actually legally registered
as pesticides by the EPA. Why? Because the potato will kill Colorado potato
beetles if they take even a tiny bite of one. You'll find out during the chat how
scientists changed every cell in the potato to contain a bacteria that kills these
beetles, but at what cost to our health and to the environment?

INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE VEG*N CHATS:
On a Windows PC, go to this page: http://communities.msn.com/chat
and join the chat room called #Cooking_Chat. The first time you do this, you
will be asked to do a quick download. People with Macs or IRC-compliant chat
programs should choose the server called: irc.msn.com and enter the
#Cooking_Chat room.

FINAL NOTE:
Please feel free to forward this message to anyone you think may be interested.
These veg*n chats will be held every Monday, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Pacific
Time. We’re looking forward to your participation!

With Peace FOR ALL,

Karen Coyne
MSN Veg*n Chat Host
(Animal House Radio Show)
Email: vegan2@email.msn.com

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