Friday, March 23, 2007

Think for yourself

The spray-painted words on the wall of the parking garage urged me to "Think for yourself." I wonder of that warning applies to global warming. Probably not.

Think for yourself, we are told -- except when you disagree with the government/environmentalist/higher-education/major-media "chattering class" establishment.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Are Europeans killing people?

According to this author at GMOAfrica, Europeans are killing poor people in developing countries, especially Africans, with their overly restrictive regulations on biotech agricultural products.

That's all. Go back to what you were doing.

Europe's current anti-GMOs policies hurt farmers in developing countries more than it does its own. As the manifesto notes, the EU strictly prohibits agricultural imports containing minutest of GMOs. What this means is that most developing countries won't dare touch GMOs for fear of losing lucrative European markets for their agricultural products. By default, the EU has barred them from growing genetically modified crops.

This is unfair, to say the least. The EU accords member countries flexibility to grow or not to grow genetically modified crops. They're even free to trade their biotech agricultural products within the EU block unhindered. And the EU won't object if they donate, as relief aid, some of their surplus biotech food to developing countries. In fact, the European Commission (EC), the EU's executive organ, itself, hauls tones and tones of food, some of it biotech, to poor countries, "to feed the hungry and malnourished."

So, it seems that it's alright for developing countries to be recipients of biotech food originating from EU countries, but it's unacceptable for them to grow their own biotech crops. This is hypocrisy and demonstrates how the EU is least interested in promoting sustainable development programs in poor countries.

It's every farmer's solemn right, whether in Europe, Africa, Asia, or America, to experiment on new agricultural technologies such as biotechnology. Unfair laws, such as the ones being maintained by the EU, should never be allowed to stifle such endeavors.