Skip to comments.Green activists 'are keeping Africa poor'
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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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?
“Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.”
Liberals everywhere from Chicago to Kenya keep the downtrodden poor- it’s how they gather their power base.
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’!!!!!
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.