So on 24 November the FDA issued draft guidance for the food industry regarding "...recommendations to developers of new plant varieties, in particular bioengineered plants..." While not really being what U.S. PIRG's Kerry-Ann Powell submits (that the FDA "...has acknowledged that contamination of the food supply by genetically engineered crops is inevitable..."), the FDA does say this: '...Rapid developments in genomics are resulting in dramatic changes in the way new plant varieties are developed and commercialized. Scientific advances are expected to accelerate over the next decade, leading to the development and commercialization of a greater number and diversity of bioengineered crops. As the number and diversity of field tests for bioengineered plants increase, the likelihood that cross-pollination due to pollen drift from field tests to commercial fields and commingling of seeds produced during field tests with commercial seeds or grain may also increase. This could result in the inadvertent, intermittent, low-level presence in the food supply of proteins that have not been evaluated through FDA's voluntary consultation procedures for foods derived from new plant varieties (referred to as ``biotechnology consultation'' in the case of bioengineered plants)...' The question to me goes beyond whether, as the FDA does warn, "proteins that have not been evaluated" enter into the food supply, although that is a concern. The larger concern, the larger question, is this: If, in fact, cross-pollination due to pollen drift IS inevitable, or relatively unpreventable, or for some reason preventable but not BEING prevented, what does that mean for the right to freely grow food? Can each person who owns a garden expect a knock on the door or a letter in the mail at some point in the future saying that, through no fault of their own (i.e. due to "pollen drift"), ADM or Monsanto or whatever is sorry to inform you that your garden now produces crops licensed to a company, and that if you wnat ot keep growing your own foodyou will have to pay a license fee? Isn't the most powerful intended or unintended consequence of genetically engineered food the consolidation of the planetary control of food, and the aggressive truncation of any alternatives (i.e. organic, non-engineered, non-licensed food) for the sole benefit of global food concerns that are as far removed from my wife's garden as the shareholders of those concerns often are from the earth and soil that ultimately sustains them? And what happens when, Sweet and Low-style, we "discover" 20 years from now that the cow's liver gene or whatever that they've spliced into corn and wheat causes cancer or some such? Why would freedom-loving humans ever concede to something like this, where the freedom to grow one's own food seems to me overwhelmingly threatened? What happens when our spillover pollenation spills over into a nation we don't like, or a competitor with whom we're jostling for world market share? What happens when, for example, Chinese variants out-pollinate our variants, and the Great Plains are now licensed, oh just by accident, to Beijing, and the WTO upholds the right of China to levy a fee everytime we harvest the result of any seed? Astonishing. Is it just me, or are the possibilities here, just from a legal standpoint, tsunami-like in ramifications?