Global Briefing: Jun. 11, 2001

Biotech Goes to School

In Europe, protests against the biotech industry are a staple of the news. Now a trade group is mounting a counterattack starting in classrooms. In April, 600 schools in Scotland were sent 84,000 copies of a magazine called Your World: Biotechnology & You. Produced by the Biotechnology Institute, an industry-funded organization based in Washington, the magazine features stories on transgenic animals and other biotech wonders. A recent issue highlights Monsanto's herbicide Roundup; another features a girl who took Prozac and "felt like herself again." Since 1999, 4,500 U.S. schools have received the magazine, to little protest. But...

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