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In 1992, the Pure Food Campaign (PFC) was established, a coalition of organic farmers and restaurateurs, consumer and environmental groups, and animal welfare organizations opposed to the use of genetic engineering in food.  The PFC organized protests and litigation under the banner of “An International Boycott of Genetically Engineered Foods”, opposing the use of an engineered form of a bovine growth hormone (rBST) in dairy cows, and the market entry of the genetically engineered “Flavr-Savr” tomato.  As well, the group demanded mandatory labeling of all genetically modified food products.


Nature, Genetically Engineered Foods Get Green Light, June 4, 1992

New York Times, Tomato Gene Is Submitted for Approval, January 6, 1993

New York Times, Campbell Delays Plans on Biotech Tomatoes, January 12, 1993

Washington Post, Biotech Tomato Headed to Market Despite Threats; Opponents of Genetic Engineering Warn of Boycotts, January 12, 1993

New York Times, Tomato Altered to Be Fresh Year Round is Backed by F.D.A, May 19, 1994

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