[SN] Genetically Modified Food: The Americas' New "Green Revolution"?
dhinds at myrealbox.com
Fri Jan 23 21:06:20 EST 2004
Evon Kochey posted:
EK> This is from the Pan American Health Organization press release
EK> January 21,2004.
Recent developments in Latin America suggest that biotechnology
may be heading toward greater acceptance. Brazil, Colombia,
Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela are all
signatories to the Cancún Declaration of Like-Minded Megadiverse
Countries, which affirms their desire "to take an active part in
the new economy associated with the use of biological diversity,
genetic resources and biotechnology." This and other
developments "could signal a growing shift in focus toward how -
not so much if - GM technology can be harnessed to benefit the
region and its inhabitants," the article says.
You are citing Donal Nugent, a fellow at the U.S.-based Council for
Agricultural Science and Technology. What else do you expect him to
In any case, his suggestion "that biotechnology may be heading
toward greater acceptance" in Mexico is false. Furthermore, the
"Cancún Declaration of Like-Minded Megadiverse Countries", was not
ratified by Congress. Congress DID ratify the Cartagena Protocol
that establishes the precautionary principle. however,
In any case, GM crops do not form part of Socially and Ecologically
Responsible Agricultural Production Systems, and that is what we
want to focus on here.
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