GMO: patents for world hunger

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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.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4qA0Ue_sI4

I think it's interesting that GMO food is not served in the White House nor in the cafeteria of Monsanto in England.

Posted by: Georgia Eden | May 22, 2014 05:07 PM


We should be realistic nd should feel the hunger and helplessness in humanity. GMOs, if they are free of any allergins and infection causing elements, have to be grow, cultivate and should not risen unessential ethical dailamas on them. however, on other hand the persons responsible for gowing GMOs must have to ensure their purification and human & envionment freindly character.

Posted by: Najeeb | July 26, 2010 08:39 PM


There is a strong need to produce more food and that with the threat of climate change, GM crops could be engineered to survive any climate change related problems.

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Posted by: PiriketSeverler | July 18, 2008 07:20 PM


GMOs as we know them, and the patenting of biological 'improvements', are products of a sick mercantile mentality that is progressively taking command of every facet of human activity.
Commercial imperialism being used to shore up morally bankrupt societies.
Expect more of the same.

Posted by: Rolly Wheeler | July 8, 2008 02:48 AM


Top scientist says the answer to food price crisis lies in GM crops

Sir David King has said that the key to solving the global food crisis is to be found in genetically modified crops. He says there is a strong need to produce more food and that with the threat of climate change, GM crops could be engineered to survive any climate change related problems.

pressreview-UnitedKingdom-en 8:21:00 AM CEST

http://emm.jrc.it/NewsBrief/pressreviewwritten/all/3_20080707.html#pressreview-842368

BUT

UK chief scientist plays fast and loose with the truth

So lacking is the biotech lobby in success stories that it resorted to stealing one from sustainable agriculture. Late last year, the UK government’s outgoing chief scientist Sir David King stated that a GM breakthrough in Africa had increased crop yields by 40–50 percent. But the project he described had nothing to do with GM crops. It was a ‘push-pull’ system of managing pests and increasing yield that relies on companion planting, a mainstay of organic and sustainable farming. Commenting on the incident, Dr Richard Horton, the editor of medical journal The Lancet, said Sir David took his faith in science into “the realms of totalitarian paranoia”[12].

Posted by: Gabriella Ti | July 7, 2008 01:33 PM


Top scientist says the answer to food price crisis lies in GM crops

Sir David King has said that the key to solving the global food crisis is to be found in genetically modified crops. He says there is a strong need to produce more food and that with the threat of climate change, GM crops could be engineered to survive any climate change related problems.

pressreview-UnitedKingdom-en 8:21:00 AM CEST

http://emm.jrc.it/NewsBrief/pressreviewwritten/all/3_20080707.html#pressreview-842368

BUT

UK chief scientist plays fast and loose with the truth

So lacking is the biotech lobby in success stories that it resorted to stealing one from sustainable agriculture. Late last year, the UK government’s outgoing chief scientist Sir David King stated that a GM breakthrough in Africa had increased crop yields by 40–50 percent. But the project he described had nothing to do with GM crops. It was a ‘push-pull’ system of managing pests and increasing yield that relies on companion planting, a mainstay of organic and sustainable farming. Commenting on the incident, Dr Richard Horton, the editor of medical journal The Lancet, said Sir David took his faith in science into “the realms of totalitarian paranoia”[12].

Posted by: Gabriella Ti | July 7, 2008 01:33 PM


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