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>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). ________________________________________________________________ The best thing to hit the internet in years - Juno SpeedBand! Surf the web up to FIVE TIMES FASTER! Only $14.95/ month - visit www.juno.com to sign up today! _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk