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

>> 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

We are not about to resolve the issues of GMO here -- and they are
debatable, with competent people, including scientists, on both sides.
Even if GMOs turn out not to be biologically harmful (and for me the
question is *far* from settled) the economic consequences alone, of
limiting markets where people oppose them must be considered. There is
also the issue of the cost of eliminating/contaminating nearby species,
which has already happened. Keep in mind that scientists have often been
wrong: science is a method, not a royal road to absolute truth.

But the real issue is: do Iraqis get a choice? Neither you nor I nor Mr.
Amstutz, nor anyone else has the right to make the decisions for Iraq.
Only the Iraqis themselves have the right to determine what is in their
interest -- once GMOs are introduced it is probably impossible to
eliminate them, especially considering the amount of chaos there.

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