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Re: [casi] Another thing to keep an eye on...

--- wrote:
> Here is an interesting juxtposition of two items
> concerning agriculture,
> and a hint for an area of research by those with
> resources.
> I don't know if the US is a party to the 1992
> Convention on Biological
> Diversity, but given it's recent activities and
> attitudes towards
> international law and GMOs I suspect that one
> on the agenda of the
> US corporations would be the introduction of GMOs
> into Iraq, with
> long-term and widespread consequences (assuming
> GMOs are not already
> there).
You should bear in mind that many here are
scientists who don't believe everything they read in
the press. Praticularly when it's science.
Last year, you could fly over huge areas of cotton
fields in India and all the cotton was *completely*
destroyed by blight - except small patches here and
there of illegally planted GMO cotton. Cotton is the
only cash crop in the area the majority of people
in agriculture. For many people - if they can't grow
cotton they can't buy food. Those who were growing
GMOs supported their extended families, saving many
Some of us don't want to go 'green' or do 'God's
and reject science because we know that 'God's will'
means an average life span of 7 years.
Instead of simply fearing what you don't understand
- find out about it.
I totally approve of growing GMOs in Iraq - I care
about where people have enough food, and that food
is of good enough quality. I don't care about press
hype from people who don't know what they're talking

> Will the occupying forces (US) adhere to the
> Cartagena Protocol
> on Biosafety any more then the Geneva Conventions,
> UN resolutions, or
> other international laws?
The Geneva Convention and the United Nations
Declaration on Human Rights certainly concern me far
more. This is clearly the area we need to focus on.
> With the recent flaps in the US about
> research products
> (to produce drugs from GM plants -- usually corn
> (maize)) and GMOs
> escaping from the test fields I would expect there
> to be efforts to plant
> these in Iraq.
And it's a good thing too. I don't care where
grown as long as they're grown. Media non-sense
not stop scientific progress.

> (I can almost hear the arguments now,
> that since people
> take such small quantities of drugs that since
> radioactive contamination
> from DU runoff would not be significant,
> pharmaculture in contaminated
> areas would be acceptable.)
Indeed. The amount contained in a pill will be
insignificant. The problem is if you LIVE there!

> If Mr Amstutz decides to plant GMOs do the Iraqis
> get a choice?
Probably not - but if it's in their interest I don't
mind as much.

Alun Harford

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