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Conference and Protests - Jarrett Heather
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Conference and Protests
There's some Technology in Agriculture Conference dealy today through Wednesday right here in Sacramento. They say it's the biggest political event ever hosted here in our city, even though it's the USDA's show, not California's.

So all those tree-hugging hippies are out today protesting against the use of genetic engineering. I actually read some propoganda somewhere on the Internet that suggested that you could catch the modified genes from these foods, which I assume would make you plumper, juicier and more resistent to pesticides. I just can't help thinking that these people have the wrong idea, and have a perverted view of the science at work here. And, y'know, I'm in the Ag industry, so my opinion is important.

I got to work pretty early, and everything was really quiet. I've been holed up in the office all day, as usual, and from my office window all I can see is the alley between this building and the Department of Veteran's Affairs next door. Just a minute ago about one hundred California Highway Patrol officers in riot gear lined up in the alley. There was some shouting, then they moved out towards Capitol Park. The conference is at the Convention Center on the other side of the park, about four blocks from here, so I don't expect we'll hear much more on this side of town.

Although I hear they are going to shut down the roads around the capitol for a march at 3:00 today. I plan to leave work before then, so I'll probably miss all the fun.
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From: qtkat Date: June 23rd, 2003 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Did you see the march down N Street? I got pics and video. :)
jarrett From: jarrett Date: June 23rd, 2003 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I stuck my head out the window and peeked down the alley. I saw people marching. It was all orderly. This civil uprising isn't very dramatic.

Let's go flip some cars.
From: qtkat Date: June 23rd, 2003 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, i was hoping for more drama too.
moonlight68 From: moonlight68 Date: June 23rd, 2003 02:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I heard some lady on the news talking about how the U.S. is bulling other countries. For example, that the U.S will not let Africa buy Aids drugs for a discounted price unless Africa also buys our engineered produce.

I don't know if it's true but....The U.S. certainly has been known to be a bully. :)
jarrett From: jarrett Date: June 23rd, 2003 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like our typical foreign policy.

On the other hand, we wouldn't have to bully anyone if Greenpeace and other groups hadn't spread so much misinformation regarding advances in technology that can help farmers all over the world.
moonlight68 From: moonlight68 Date: June 23rd, 2003 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes...If only Greenpeace and other groups hadn't spread so much misinformation regarding advances in technology that can help farmers all over the world, we wouldn't Have To Bully ANYONE. *she says sarcastically with a smile* :) haha
scarreddreamer From: scarreddreamer Date: June 30th, 2003 03:55 am (UTC) (Link)
[shudders]...hippies...[shudders again]

And then the police, too.. [shudders some more]

As you can see, there are certain people I just don't mix well with...
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