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

>Indeed - it's a matter for further research by the
>scientific community. It does not need scare-mongering
>by the press.

I'm no fan of the press. Some difficulties with testing GMOs, however, is
thinking of all the possible problems, and the political pressures
(recall thalidomide and the monarch butterfly problem).

>never seen them in the press! All I tend to see is
>"This is GM - isn't it awful." No attempt is ever made
>to tell people the facts.

We see a lot of that form the press, particualrly regarding Iraq.

>Somebody has to make the decisions! Where do you draw
>the line on what decisions the US can make? Surely you

One easy to draw line is if an action is necessary. I've seen that Iraq's
wheat crop is a bumper one this year, but harvesting it is problematic.
If GMOs are planted by the US, who is pushing them worldwide, I can't see
it being done for altruistic reasons.

>would support a decision to repair the water treatment
>facilities, no matter who makes it.
>The decisions that are made are my primary concern -
>who makes them is less important.

I think who makes them (and why!) are quite important. One factor that
runs through all of this is the agenda of the corporations. Even in the
US there it is a struggle for the people to be involved, just with
labeling. Science needs objectivity, and those profiting from the big
corporations are hardly objective.

In Iraq there are a slew of decisions and work positions denied to Iraqis
for reasons of politics and money. As far as GMOs, there are quite a few
competent Iraqi scientists and medical people.

The Iraqis have done remarkably well running the country considering the
conditions they have had to work under. There is an arrogance in the
US/UK -- an attitude of "we know best" -- which is not only impractical
in many areas but builds further resentment and artificial dependence
(and US corporate profits).

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