From The Editorial Desk
Thursday, September 7, 2000
In the 1950s and '60s, a whole spate of sci-fi movies preyed on our fears about atomic power and genetic mutation (Remember Them and Night of the Living Dead?)
The concept of evolution being tampered with or controlled has always seemed fraught with peril. But up until the last decade or so, we have not had the requisite technology to apply all-too human engineering standards on our genetic makeup. Now, however, we do have that power-and it may be a Pandora's Box filled with problems that make Frankenstein seem tame. And yet, despite our lack of ability to predict what genetic engineering might mean in the future, we are allowing corporations and scientists to dive headfirst into very murky waters.
In this week's cover story, scientific researcher/author Jeremy Rifkin argues that it's time to establish a global moratorium on the use of genetically modified foods and animals.
Also this week, check out the Features section for stories about how new laws governing the protection of steelhead trout may affect anyone living near Carmel River. In this same section, you'll also find a story about a group of Monterey residents who are fighting plans for a new cineplex at Del Monte Center, and you can read about Michael Keenan, the colorful owner of the Outer Edge hair salon in Monterey.
Read about Country Fest 2000, coming to the Monterey County Fairgrounds on Saturday, in the Music.