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Green activists 'are keeping Africa poor'
Times Online ^ | September 8, 2008 | Mark Henderson

Posted on 09/08/2008 12:41:27 AM PDT by Schnucki

Western do-gooders are impoverishing Africa by promoting traditional farming at the expense of modern scientific agriculture, according to Britain's former chief scientist.

Anti-science attitudes among aid agencies, poverty campaigners and green activists are denying the continent access to technology that could improve millions of lives, Professor Sir David King will say today.

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from Europe and America are turning African countries against sophisticated farming methods, including GM crops, in favour of indigenous and organic approaches that cannot deliver the continent's much needed “green revolution”, he believes.

Speaking before a keynote lecture tonight to the British Association for the Advancement of Science, of which he is president, Sir David said that the slow pace of African development was linked directly to Western influence. “I'm going to suggest, and I believe this very strongly, that a big part has been played in the impoverishment of that continent by the focus on nontechnological agricultural techniques, on techniques of farming that pertain to the history of that continent rather than techniques that pertain to modern technological capability. Why has that continent not joined Asia in the big green revolutions that have taken place over the past few decades? The suffering within that continent, I believe, is largely driven by attitudes developed in the West which are somewhat anti-science, anti-technology - attitudes that lead towards organic farming, for example, attitudes that lead against the use of genetic technology for crops that could deal with increased salinity in the water, that can deal with flooding for rice crops, that can deal with drought resistance.”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: africa; agriculture; enviromentalism; environment; foodsupply; greens; ngo; poverty

1 posted on 09/08/2008 12:51:00 AM PDT by Schnucki
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To: Schnucki
LIBERALS-AT-LARGE activists 'are keeping Africa poor'.
2 posted on 09/08/2008 1:11:27 AM PDT by tomymind
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To: Schnucki

Pushing mosquito nets instead of DDT doesn’t help against the mosquito/malaria threat, either. Nets are useful while sleeping. If mosquitoes are always waiting on the walls in your house, how can you function in that house if you, and your children, must be under a net all of the time to keep from being bitten?


3 posted on 09/08/2008 1:16:16 AM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: Schnucki
Western aid is what keeps that continent just barley afloat. giving more of it won't help. As for farming methods, Africa supposes scratching the bare dry earth will produce results. We need to teach then HOW to farm, not send million$ in tractor and GM seed contracts and expect farmers to let seed sit, rot and equipment fall apart.
4 posted on 09/08/2008 1:30:09 AM PDT by endthematrix
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To: endthematrix
I can go for a "barley afloat" right about now!

LOL!

5 posted on 09/08/2008 1:32:39 AM PDT by endthematrix
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To: Schnucki

“Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.”
Chinese Proverb

Liberals everywhere from Chicago to Kenya keep the downtrodden poor- it’s how they gather their power base.


6 posted on 09/08/2008 1:52:58 AM PDT by TDT
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To: endthematrix

Seems to me that the bulk of Western Aid provides disfunctional tyrants with keepin’ power money, weapons and Swiss bank accounts....think Zimbawe.
The Aid is just another example of Western Liberal Guilt, with known unintended consequences.
Just STOP SENDING ‘AID’!!!!!


7 posted on 09/08/2008 2:15:18 AM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: Schnucki
Funny, that's just what leftists are trying to do in America with their attack on modern (scientifically based) farming. On the one hand, they say to have faith in God is a silly old tradition that needs to ‘evolve’ by viewing our creation as darwinists do.

But then they turn around and devolve from all that we have learned about farming, which has enabled us to feed more and more people on less and less land from decade to decade.

8 posted on 09/08/2008 4:20:30 AM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (If Hillary is elected, her legacy will be telling the American people: Better put some ice on that.)
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