Re: Genetically Modified Crops Crucial To Fight World Hunger
Thanks for the associated press article. I don't think anyone here has
seen that. I am continually astounded by this issue and by the fact that
these opinions are published, all in the interest of trade and corporate
At 12:00 PM 7/13/00 -0500, you wrote:
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>From: "Honigman, Adam" <Adam.Honigman@Bowne.com>
>To: "'Cyndy Ross'" <email@example.com>,
>Richard Katterman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: RE: [cg] GM article -- 289292 (http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/iht
>Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2000 10:33:20 -0400
>Cyndi et al,
>It's a cynical move by the chemical companies and large agribusiness
>concerns to muddy the debate. Remember when monoculture fostered by the
>World Bank and large agribusiness was supposed to be the savior of 3rd World
>countries? The large bread basket? If you read all of the old USAID
>brochures, you'll find the same argument for the latest products.
>It's like the old "American Lampoon" cover which had this mutt with a pistol
>against it's head with the caption, "Buy this magazine or we'll shoot this
>Now it's "Buy into our geneticall modified food products or millions will
>Really shouldn't get too political now, but anyone who has ever seen milk
>dumped down a drain to artificially raise it's market price (as I did as a
>teenager working for an upstate NY dairy concern) should get the idea.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Cyndy Ross [SMTP:email@example.com]
>> Sent: Thursday, July 13, 2000 10:26 AM
>> To: community_garden@mallorn; Richard Katterman
>> Subject: [cg] GM article -- 289292
>> FYI...somehow, I think the biotech companies will take every greedy
>> monetary advantage (patents --->price fixing/gauging) before succumbing to
>> humble charity to fight world hunger. Additionally, no independent
>> studies have been able to prove GM crops are safe for consumption &/or
>> Back to last page
>> Associated Press <http://img.intelihealth.com/i/A/APlogo.gif>
>> July 11, 2000
>> LONDON (AP) - To combat world hunger, rich nations must substantially step
>> up funding of research into genetically modified crops and poor farmers in
>> the developing world must be protected from corporate control of the
>> technology, a group of science academies urged Tuesday.
>> In an unprecedented report by seven independent academies from both the
>> developed and developing world, leading scientists agreed that genetic
>> modification of crops is crucial to any attempt to address the growing
>> problem of increasing population and diminishing land on which to grow
>> "Eight-hundred million people don't have access to enough food now," said
>> Brian Heap, vice president of Britain's Royal Society and chairman of the
>> group that wrote the report.
>> "Increasing production without increasing land use will require
>> substantial increases in yields per acre. This technology needs to be used
>> in the future," Heap said.
>> Genetically modified, or transgenic, crops are created when scientists
>> introduce into a plant a gene from another species. The technique can be
>> used to give crops new, tailored traits, such as resistance to disease and
>> pests, built-in extra vitamins, vaccines or better tolerance to drought.
>> The academies' report, launched in London by the Royal Society, urged
>> companies and research institutions to share their knowledge and called
>> for a ban on broad patents covering the GM technology.
>> Corporations must have incentives to produce characteristics needed in the
>> developing world, and small farmers in developing nations should enjoy
>> special exemptions from licensing agreements, the report said.
>> Meanwhile, the public sector must create more genetically modified crops
>> that benefit poor farmers in developing nations, such as corn, rice,
>> wheat, yams, plantains and sweet potatoes, it said.
>> "The long-term decline of public agricultural research, the increasing
>> privatization of GM technologies and the growing emphasis on the crops and
>> priorities of the industrialized nations do not bode well for feeding the
>> increasing populations of the developing world," the report said.
>> The document was a consensus of opinions from the Royal Society, the U.S.
>> National Academy of Sciences, the Third World Academy of Sciences and the
>> science academies of China, Brazil, India and Mexico.
>> Investigations into the effects GM crops have on the environment should be
>> coordinated, and public health regulators in every country need to
>> identify and monitor any potential adverse effects on human health, the
>> academies said.
>> To date, 30 million hectares (74 million acres) have been planted
>> worldwide with genetically modified crops, mainly in the United States.
>> Other countries embracing the technology include Argentina, Canada,
>> Australia and China.
>> "China is likely to become one of the world leaders in this field," Heap
>> said. "China has recognized the importance of the technology for feeding
>> its people."
>> But the issue of genetically altered crops has become politically charged
>> elsewhere, particularly in Europe, where anxiety about food safety runs
>> high after a crisis in the mid-1990s over "mad cow" disease that led to an
>> all-out ban on British beef exports.
>> European Union licensing of new genetically modified products and patents
>> has stalled in recent years because of perceived health concerns.
>> "The European debate is interfering with trade," said Dr. Wallace
>> Beversdorf, head of research and development in the seeds sector at
>> Novartis AG, the Swiss-based pharmaceutical and biotechnology company.
>> "The biggest limiting factor now is the debate over consumer acceptance
>> and trade."
>> Beversdorf noted that Thailand recently turned down the opportunity to
>> grow genetically modified rice because it feared it would not be able to
>> export it.
>> "Europe is exceedingly important in terms of global development because
>> it's a big market," he said.
>> Biotechnology companies welcomed the report and said industry help to
>> developing nations was not new.
>> Novartis gives free genetically modified sweet potato seeds to Vietnam and
>> trained scientists there how to introduce genes that make the crop
>> resistant to weevils and how to test that the technique worked.
>> Monsanto, which said Tuesday it agrees on the need to share technology to
>> combat world hunger, recently made public its draft of the rice genome.
>> Copyright 2000 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
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>From: "The Carlons" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2000 08:22:36 -0700
>Subject: [cg] Eagle Scout Project
>My name is Ryan Carlon. I am sixteen years old and am trying to find ideas
>for my Eagle Scout project. One of my ideas was to start a community garden
>in Chico, CA. I have some questions that I was wondering if you could answer
>concerning the local garden(s) you are familiar with: Who
>donated/leased/lent the land, water, insuarance coverage, equipment, seeds
>and plantings, and what are the conditions for the use; Who do the gardens
>benefit, how are these people chosen; who manages the gardden and what are
>the rules and regulations for the garden. If you can answer any of these
>questions, or know somebody that can, please contact me:
>PO Box 613
>Forest Ranch, CA 95942
>Phone: (530) 894-8728
>Fax: (530) 899-6993
>From: "Honigman, Adam" <Adam.Honigman@Bowne.com>
>To: "'The Carlons'" <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
>Subject: RE: [cg] Eagle Scout Project
>Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2000 11:38:42 -0400
>You have chosen a huge project to embark upon. I won't discourage you from
>it because I know how hardworking and responsible 16 year olds can be (my
>16 year old is working two full time jobs this summer to help with future
>college expenses . It can be a daunting, though rewarding experience.
>Community gardening is more than gardening: it requires the democratic
>organization and governance of a shared public space for the benefit of the
>surrounding community as well. It means getting support from neighbors as
>well as the people who are gardening.
>Please check out the archives at this listserve:
>this will give you an idea of how grown-ups can have very different ideas on
>how to organize community gardens.
>Here are the websites of two older community gardens which may be helpful to
>The Eagle Heights Community Garden: http://www.sit.wisc.edu/~ehgarden/
>The Clinton Community Garden ( where I volunteer in NYC)
>The American Community Gardening Association has links to California gardens
>that may be helpful to you: http://www.communitygarden.org/
>Good luck! Let us know how it all works out for you.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: The Carlons [SMTP:email@example.com]
>> Sent: Thursday, July 13, 2000 11:23 AM
>> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
>> Subject: [cg] Eagle Scout Project
>> My name is Ryan Carlon. I am sixteen years old and am trying to find ideas
>> for my Eagle Scout project. One of my ideas was to start a community
>> in Chico, CA. I have some questions that I was wondering if you could
>> concerning the local garden(s) you are familiar with: Who
>> donated/leased/lent the land, water, insuarance coverage, equipment, seeds
>> and plantings, and what are the conditions for the use; Who do the gardens
>> benefit, how are these people chosen; who manages the gardden and what are
>> the rules and regulations for the garden. If you can answer any of these
>> questions, or know somebody that can, please contact me:
>> Ryan Carlon
>> PO Box 613
>> Forest Ranch, CA 95942
>> E-mail: email@example.com
>> Phone: (530) 894-8728
>> Fax: (530) 899-6993
>> Thank You
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