Wednesday, August 31, 2005

How Europe harms the world's poor

This has been going on for years: the European fear-mongering about genetically modified crops infects Europe's foreign policy to the extent that EU nations have warned poor African countries, whose citizens are starving (notably Mozambique and Namibia in recent years) to not accept US food aid because it might have some GM crops in it. The EU's irrational anti-GM crop position (have you ever had broccoli or yellow corn? then you've had GM food, period) has led it to threaten food aid and production help to any poor country accepting food (i.e., US food aid) that includes any GM crops whatsoever.

Ron Bailey discusses GM advances in food productivity and the benefits of certain GM foods, and Europe's heinous position that leads to just more death and poverty.

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