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Asunto:[LEA-Venezuela] A proposito de la agrobiotecnologia
Fecha:Viernes, 4 de Julio, 2003  20:46:31 (-0400)
Autor:Jaime E. Péfaur <pefaur @...ve>


----- Original Message -----
From: "Gustavo Fermin" <fermin@...>
To: <foroprofesoral@...>
Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2003 9:50 PM
Subject: [Foroprofesoral] A proposito de la agrobiotecnologia


>
>
>       Aunque no estoy completamente de acuerdo con todos los juicios que
> emite el autor del siguiente artículo, me pareció que a algunos de Uds.
> les podría interesar conocer una de las voces disidentes que trata de
> desenmascarar a los "orgánicos" y sus supuestas buenas intenciones.
>
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> MAKING SURE THE POOR STAY HUNGRY
> June 19, 2003
> Scripps Howard News Service
> Deroy Murdock
>
> Via AgBioView at www.agbioworld.org
>
> Don't be fooled by the scruffy beards and embroidered Guatemalan vests of
> typical anti-biotech protesters. They only look like homespun, grassroots
> demonstrators. In fact, they usually belong to an under-scrutinized
> network of generously-funded activist groups, well-endowed charities and
> self-interested organic food producers. They collectively hog-tie
> companies that make genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). Nearly
> invisible here are the citizens of developing nations who would benefit
> by these advances if these Luddites would stand down. Communications
> strategist Jay Byrne pays close attention to the men and women behind
> this curtain. As he told the American Enterprise Institute on June 12,
> these  organics - among the fiercest agitators at global summits from
> Seattle onward - hardly survive on the sales of veggie-burritos. In 2001,
> 30 leading anti-biotech groups Byrne analyzed spent $341.4 million,
> including Greenpeace USA's $23,748,737, Environmental Defense's
> $38,794,150 and the Natural Resources Defense Council's $41,625,882.
> Between 1996 and 2001, this crusade's lavish underwriters included the
> MacArthur Foundation ($11,906,500), the Ford Foundation ($39,978,020) and
> the Pew Charitable Trusts ($130,996,900). Granted, these organizations
> address numerous issues. But they spend plenty to allege the dangers of
> "Frankenfoods:" primarily genetically-modified grains and produce. The
> Sierra Club, for instance, wants "a moratorium on the planting of
> genetically engineered crops." And anti-biotech guru Jeremy Rifkin calls
> GMO proliferation "a form of annihilation every bit as deadly as nuclear
> holocaust." Frightened? Don't be. Agricultural cross-breeding began about
> 8,000 B.C. Today, more than 34 percent of American corn is genetically
> modified, as are 78 percent of U.S. soybeans and much of your grocer's
> produce. Some 3,500 international scientists, including 20 Nobel
> laureates, have signed the AgBio World Foundation's Declaration of
> Support for Agricultural Biotechnology. "Both scientific theory and two
> decades of experience with gene-spliced crops and foods derived from them
> demonstrate the safety and usefulness of these products," says the Hoover
> Institution's Dr. Henry Miller, M.D, former director of the FDA's Office
> of Biotechnology. Some anti-GMO donors, meanwhile, are remarkably
> self-serving. "A considerable part of the anti-biotech-activist bankroll
> comes from organic and other 'natural' food marketers who relish the
> thought of injuring their conventional competitors by supporting
> unscientific scaremongers," says David Martosko, research director at the
> Center for Consumer Freedom in Washington. These outfits include the
> Organic Trade Association, Wild Oats Markets and Whole Foods Markets.
> These companies are reputed paragons of "corporate social
> responsibility." Yet by subsidizing these superstitions, they perpetuate
> the suffering of poor Asians, Latins and Africans.
>
> --- Some 500,000 children go blind annually due to Vitamin A deficiency,
> the World Health Organization estimates. "Golden Rice," bio-fortified
> with Vitamin A-enhancing beta carotene, fights blindness, diarrhea,
> measles and more. Golden, shmolden, Greenpeace responds. It called this
> innovation "Fool's Gold" in a February 2001 communique from Manila.
> Greenpeace helpfully added: "The only long-term solution is to work on
> the root causes of poverty and to ensure access to a diverse and healthy
> diet." Why didn't the Filipinos think of that? This attitude has hobbled
> Golden Rice's development as the future for thousands of destitute kids
> fades to black.
>
> --- Brazilian farmers want herbicide-resistant soybeans whose cultivation
> reduces soil erosion. Alas, Greenpeace's lobbying and local officials'
> wishes to export produce to GMO-wary Europe have steered this product
> away from Brazil.
>
> --- Kenyan agronomist Dr. Florence Wambugu and Monsanto spent three years
> producing a virus-resistant sweet potato that, as she told Forbes
> magazine, "holds the promise of feeding some of the 800 million
> chronically undernourished people in the world." Unimpressed,
> eco-terrorists with Earth Liberation Front (ELF) destroyed her lab and
> test crops. "If they don't want it, they don't have to have it," Wambugu
> said. "We're dying, so can we eat first?" Like ELF, Greenpeace militants
> have killed GM crops. Ben & Jerry's, Patagonia and Ted Turner have
> financed the Ruckus Society, a group that trains eco-extremists.
> Ironically, GMO seeds often require fewer pesticides and boost crop
> yields, thus limiting property needed for farming. This liberates land
> for flora and fauna. Even better, impoverished yellow, brown and black
> children can reach adulthood. Rather than celebrate these dreams come
> true, extravagantly-funded eco-freaks sabotage these breakthroughs.
> Where's the social responsibility in that? (New York commentator Deroy
> Murdock is a columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service and a media
> fellow with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.)
>
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