October 2004


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Carmelo Ruiz <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 29 Oct 2004 10:47:55 -0700
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--- Carmelo Ruiz <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2004
> Subject: [Carmelo] Biotech eurovision
> European Commission letting GM in by the back door?
> In a little noticed development in June 2004, the
> European Commission announced that, "Leading
> representatives from research, the food and biotech
> industry, the farming community and consumers’
> organisations presented to European Research
> Commissioner Philippe Busquin a long-term vision for
> European plant biotechnology towards 2025."
> This initiative represents the latest stage in a
> process that will culminate in the establishment of
> a
> EU biotechnology strategic research agenda by the
> end
> of this year, and despite reference to "the farming
> community and consumers’ organisations", it has been
> led by the biotech industry.
> As GM food has already proved to be a failure, not
> just in Europe, but globally, and with daily reports
> of the propaganda of GM companies revealed as lies,
> why is the EU still willing to promote and fund this
> research? Once again, false claims are made about
> the
> need for GM technology to feed people in developing
> countries where there are already well-proven safe
> and
> sustainable alternatives (see Greening Ethiopia
> series, SiS 23, for example); and for increasing
> food
> quality and biodiversity, which GM has singularly
> failed to deliver.

Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero
Director, Proyecto de Bioseguridad
Research Associate, Institute for Social Ecology
Fellow, Environmental Leadership Program
Senior Fellow, Society of Environmental Journalists

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