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How Europe starves the world's poor
Reason ^ | August 31, 2005 | Ronald Bailey

Posted on 08/31/2005 8:09:30 AM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek

The European Union and fellow traveling anti-biotech activists may well succeed in bottling up the next wave of genetically improved crops that aim directly at helping poor farmers in the developing world. How? Anti-biotech European regulations are spooking the governments of poor countries into preventing their farmers from growing the new genetically enhanced crops.

The EU wants to export its regulatory system to the world, and it is offering "capacity building" foreign aid to persuade developing countries to adopt its no-go or go-slow approach to crop biotechnology regulations. Even more tragically, some developing countries are so afraid of the EU’s anti-biotech wrath that they are willing to risk the lives of millions of their hungry by rejecting food aid that contains genetically enhanced crops.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: biotechnology; eu
Sobering article by the author of the excellent "Liberation Biology". Between markets closed to farm imports and policies based on anti-science superstition, the EU and NGOs like Greenpeace are turning out to be one of the biggest problems facing the Third World these days.
1 posted on 08/31/2005 8:09:31 AM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

Bump for later.


2 posted on 08/31/2005 8:11:19 AM PDT by Rocko ("The ratio of damn fools to villains is high." -- Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

I'm not sure that food aid - GM or not - is the answer to Africa's problems in any case. Food aid wipes out any local farming industry above subsistence level, as locals cannot possibly compete with free food.


3 posted on 08/31/2005 8:12:39 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

The world's poor are starving themselves. Nobody is forcing Third World governments to ban farmers from growing GE food, least of all the Europeans. They need to stop blaming other people and take responsibility for themselves.


4 posted on 08/31/2005 8:13:08 AM PDT by Lejes Rimul (Paleo and Proud)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek
The EU wants to export its regulatory system to the world, and it is offering "capacity building" foreign aid to persuade developing countries to adopt its no-go or go-slow approach to crop biotechnology regulations...

The hand that gives lords over the hand that takes.

5 posted on 08/31/2005 8:14:23 AM PDT by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

This was the subject of a BBC interview about a year ago...on NPR. Of course, the BBC sneered at the US biologist working on genetically altered corn they hoped to grow in Africa. (EU Luddites.) It was a two-fer, and this was before that embarrassing EU constitutional vote. The BBC slammed the US and trumpeted EU superiority at one go.


6 posted on 08/31/2005 8:14:39 AM PDT by hershey
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To: agere_contra
I'm not sure that food aid - GM or not - is the answer to Africa's problems in any case

The main problem is not that food aid will be in the form of GMOs. The problem as I understand it is that European restrictions on importation of GMOs mean that Africans can't plant them, even for domestic consumption, for fear of contaminating exports to Europe. I find the European Luddism on this issue, along with their intransigence on farm subsidies (which also damage the agricultural industries of very poor countries) disgraceful.

7 posted on 08/31/2005 8:18:00 AM PDT by untenured (http://futureuncertain.blogspot.com)
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To: hershey

The US biologist interviewed was remarkably restrained although the BBC reporterette slammed his company and the US for (Gasp!) hoping to eventually make a modest profit on their research on both corn and rice.


8 posted on 08/31/2005 8:18:21 AM PDT by hershey
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CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HIT MAN... HOW THE US/G8 ARE CHEATING THE POOR COUNTRIES OF OUT TRILLIONS...

But wait maybe is itall connected. Impoverishment, so we can sell O-U-R (genetically modified) crops. I am not against science but look at the american popoulation to see whether the heavily processed food is healthy. I cannot wait for nanotech to take over the food industry too by the way, nanoassemblers will be capable to "create" 101% organic food. Dont believe me? Read "Engines Of Creation" By Dexter.

9 posted on 08/31/2005 8:26:14 AM PDT by thinking4me (The Foundig Fathers were right: sound money first)
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To: Lejes Rimul
The world's poor are starving themselves. Nobody is forcing Third World governments to ban farmers from growing GE food, least of all the Europeans. They need to stop blaming other people and take responsibility for themselves.

Very well stated!

10 posted on 08/31/2005 8:27:59 AM PDT by kipita (Rebel the proletariat response to Aristocracy and Exploitation.)
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To: untenured

Guess what soaks up 40% of the entire EU budget?

French farm subsides.

The euros have a vested interest in keeping Africa from being able grow bountiful crops of food.

Probably why the appease the actions of Mugabe of Zimbabwee soo much. THey want to keep Africa producing below or right at their needs, but no more.


11 posted on 08/31/2005 8:28:02 AM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican
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To: Lejes Rimul
Nobody is forcing Third World governments to ban farmers from growing GE food, least of all the Europeans.

You're wrong, that is exactly what they are doing. From an article written by the father of the "green revolution", Norman Borlaug:

    The U.S. is contemplating a WTO suit because European resistance to GM foods is increasingly influencing the trade policies of other nations, to the point where some African governments recently have turned down American GM grain intended for starving people. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick says he has information that several European countries are threatening to make economic aid to developing countries contingent on whether they prohibit biotech crops. If this is true, it would be tragic and grossly irresponsible.

12 posted on 08/31/2005 8:29:35 AM PDT by TomB ("The terrorist wraps himself in the world's grievances to cloak his true motives." - S. Rushdie)
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To: thinking4me
I am not against science but look at the american popoulation to see whether the heavily processed food is healthy.

Your post makes no sense. What does genetically modified crops sent to Africa have to do with processed food?

13 posted on 08/31/2005 8:31:30 AM PDT by TomB ("The terrorist wraps himself in the world's grievances to cloak his true motives." - S. Rushdie)
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To: TomB

- Your post makes no sense. What does genetically modified crops sent to Africa have to do with processed

RE:

oooh sorry for thinking to fast. But most processed food such as wheat and corn come from genetically modified crops. Also many vegetables... the list is very long.

Genetically modified and processed food is a deadly mix.

The best medical website to date: www.mercola.com


14 posted on 08/31/2005 8:37:26 AM PDT by thinking4me (The Foundig Fathers were right: sound money first)
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To: thinking4me
oooh sorry for thinking to fast. But most processed food such as wheat and corn come from genetically modified crops. Also many vegetables... the list is very long.

I ask AGAIN, what does genetically modified crops that have been used for years and proven to be safe have to do with processing foods? They are two entirely different things.

And my information is from Norman Borlaug, a Nobel Prize winner and responsible for saving more lives with his innovative crop growing techniques than any other living human (and that is NOT an exaggeration). Not some quack, anti-vaccination website.

15 posted on 08/31/2005 8:42:57 AM PDT by TomB ("The terrorist wraps himself in the world's grievances to cloak his true motives." - S. Rushdie)
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To: thinking4me
Genetically modified and processed food is a deadly mix.

Another comment from Borlaug:

    Current GM crop varieties that help to control insects and weeds are lowering production costs and increasing harvests -- a great potential benefit to all Third World farmers. Future GM products are likely to carry traits that will improve nutrition and health. All of these technologies have more benefits to offer poor farmers and consumers than rich ones.

16 posted on 08/31/2005 11:51:48 AM PDT by TomB ("The terrorist wraps himself in the world's grievances to cloak his true motives." - S. Rushdie)
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To: thinking4me
GM food safety fear 'based on distortion'
17 posted on 09/01/2005 7:49:22 AM PDT by TomB ("The terrorist wraps himself in the world's grievances to cloak his true motives." - S. Rushdie)
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