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Friday, August 28, 1998

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  • Look Back at Sudan Bombing

    During the briefing aired live on CNN Thursday, August 20, Secretary of State Madeline Albright said that the Sudanese factory produced, "precursors for the possibilities of chemical weapons." Although her hawkish intent was clear, news organizations scrambled to figure out what that statement meant.

  • Biosafety and Living Modified Organisms

    Delegates from over 100 countries have been working to draft binding rules in the trade of Living Modified Organisms, or LMOs. That’s a fancy way of saying genetically engineered plants, animals and microorganisms. But judging from the scope of the debate at the conference, nations seem to accept that genetically engineered organisms are here to stay in one form or another, their main purpose being food. But Greenpeace and other environmental groups have serious questions about LMOs. And they would like to see those concerns help refocus the debate.

  • Agricultural Guestworkers

    Seeds are not the only things subject to tinkering in the industry these days. In the fields, there’s an effort to change the workforce: to bring in agricultural guestworkers in ways that critics say could give corporate growers unlimited access to foreign workers and eliminate the modest protections that farmworkers have won under current law.