Genetically Modified World

“When rich speculators prosper while farmer lose their land; when government officials spend money on weapons instead of cures; when the upper class is extravagant and irresponsible, while the poor have nowhere to turn – all this is robbery and chaos. It is not in keeping with the Tao.” -Tao Te Ching, #53

Ministers are trying to scrap an international agreement banning the world’s most controversial genetic modification of crops, grimly nicknamed “terminator technology”, a move which threatens to increase hunger in the Third World. The Government is to push for terminator crops to be considered for approval on a “case-by-case basis” at two meetings this month; its position closely mirrors the stance of the United States and other GM [genetically modified organisms]-promoting countries. Terminator technology…would stop hundreds of millions of poor farmers from saving seeds from their crops for resowing for the following harvest, forcing them to buy new ones from biotech companies every year. The technique is officially known as genetic use restriction technology (Gurt), making crops produce sterile seeds. It could be applied to any crop, including maize and rice, widely grown in developing countries. The UK working group on teminator technology…says: “It could destroy traditional farming methods, damage farmers’ livelihoods and threaten food security, particularly in developing countries.” [Former UK Minister of Environment Michael] Meacher said: “For the first time in the history of the world, farmers would be stopped from using their own seeds.”

Note: For more on this alarming development: http://www.WantToKnow.info/deception10pg

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