Genetically Engineered Beer?

Except the other two-thirds of German brewers are for it. Who knows.

Frankenbeer [Joe Sixpack]

In a remarkable show of opposition, about a third of Germany’s 1,200-plus breweries have signed a petition to amend the 500-year-old Reinheitsgebot (Germany’s beer purity law) to ban the use of genetically modified ingredients.

The law - the hallmark of Germany’s world-renowned beer industry - states that German beer may be made only with malt, hops, yeast and water. It was established in 1516 to restrict the use of potentially dangerous ingredients (tree bark, poisonous mushrooms) that often found their way into beer. Over the years, Germany’s proud brewers have cited the law, and its ban on cheaper adjunct ingredients such as rice and corn, as a symbol of their superior products.

Now, GMO opponents say that if German beer is going to remain pure, the law shouldn’t permit ingredients that have been artificially enhanced in laboratories.

It’s against natural creation,” said Thomas Weiss, quality manager of Neumarkter Lammsbrau in Bavaria. “Farmers don’t want it. Beer drinkers don’t want it. The only people who want GMOs is big industry.”

Except the other two-thirds of German brewers are for it. Who knows.

Frankenbeer [Joe Sixpack]

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