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Research by the University of Barcelona has shown that in Mediterranean Europe, the coexistence of GM cultivation and organic cultivation is impossible. The President of FederBio, the sole organisation in Italy for organic agriculture, declared: “In the region of Aragona from 2004 to 2007 the cultivation of organic maize has gone done by 75% because of the impossibility of certifying the product due to the contamination resulting from the cultivation in open fields of genetically modified BT maize, that has reached over time in that region more than 40% of the area where maize is cultivated.”
Fabrizia Pratesi of EQUIVITA has sent a letter about GMO to certain leaders in the government including Luca Zaia, the Minister for Agricultural Policies.
Luca Zaia declared: “We are in favour of the start of experimentation in a way that is very much coherent and aware of the fact that 80% of the citizens in Italy are against GMOs. However, explanation should be given to them.”
From Zaia, I would like to have a response to the arguments put forward by EQUIVITA and the University of Barcelona. His response will be published on the blog. The Lega, that says it listens to the people and as it admits, even Zaia himself knows that it’s 80% against GMO, wants the experiments all the same. Why? By divine right? At the suggestion of the psycho-dwarf? The seeds get lost on the wind. It’s enough to do experiments to spread GMO in an irreversible way with its load of money for the multinationals.
”We would like to contribute to your reflection about GMO with a few explanations that are almost never reported in the media. We are convinced that you will know how to give these their true weight. The main and unique characteristic of modified seeds is that they are protected by patent. It should make anyone reflect the fact that GMO were launched in the USA (1980) and then in Europe (1998), together with incredible new patent laws that for the fist time in history allowed for the privatization of the most precious “common good”: the living material on the planet.
From that moment it has been enough to introduce a foreign gene into a plant for the whole plant to become private property, as though it were a human invention and not an element of nature.
In October 1997, The Guardian wrote: “With surprising rapidity a small group of companies is trying to get the control over the production and commercialization of the most important merchandise in the world: food.”
In the last 20 year the pairing “genetically modified” and “patent” (for which the rights are claimed each time there is a reproductive cycle or re-sowing) has been for the bio-tech companies, together with the purchase of seed companies, not a tool for the greater good of agricultural workers and citizens, but a tool in an economic war, underground, or showing conquests, or if we like, of a new form of colonialisation to which we are all exposed.
This explains why every strategy has been used to impose transgenic food on us.
- even though, up until now, GMO has betrayed all the promises about productivity, sustainability and capacity to save the world from starvation.”
- in spite of the fact that they have been shown to be fairly damaging to the environment, to food sovereignty that alone guarantees food security, to the freedom to choose foods, to biodiversity and the protection of human rights.
- even though they have almost always been catastrophic for the economy of poor countries (see Argentina and India)
even though they are a threat for countries that like ours aim to have products of quality.
- even though they have shown themselves to be a bad investment even for producing countries.
Posted by Beppe Grillo at 12:02 PM in Health/Medicine
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