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    Coca has been, ancestrally, a sacred leaf. We, the indigenous, have had a profound respect toward it... a respect that includes that we don't "pisar" it (the verb "pisar" means to treat the leaves with a chemical substance, one of the first steps in the production of cocaine). In general, we only use it to acullicar: We chew it during times of war, during ritual ceremonies to salute Mother Earth (the Pachamama) or Father Sun or other Aymara divinities, like the hills. Thus, as an indigenous nation, we have never prostituted Mama Coca or done anything artificial to it because it is a mother. It is the occidentals who have prostituted it. It is they who made it into a drug. This doesn't mean that we don't understand the issue. We know that this plague threatens all of humanity and, from that perspective, we believe that those who have prostituted the coca have to be punished. - former Bolivian guerrilla leader and presidential candidate Felipe Quispe 2002 via Rigorous Intuition (link)

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21 July 2008



Yes, Europe is, by default, preventing African countries from growing genetically modified crops. We have Europe threatening Africa's agricultural imports if they've strains of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). There's a lot of hypocrisy here. Europe, itself, accepts cattle feed from the U.S. and other European countries, but it wouldn't do the same for products from Africa.

On my blog, GMO Africa, I've always argued that there is no single solution to the current food crisis. Every option must be put on the table. I've no problem with organic food being used to tackle the current food crisis. Biotech corporations such as Monsanto, DuPont, Bayer and BASF are playing a vital role in enhancing food security in the world. The same applies to companies engaged in organic farming.


The best solution to the "current food crisis" is to end capitalism.

michelle denise

I'd like to counter some of the pro -GM arguments by my internet research in the last six month.

I've discovered that yes; initially GMO farmers do use fewer varieties of insecticide/herbicides. However I have also discovered that super weeds then become resistant and the chemicals needed to combat new weeds and super bugs need to increase again. Soil degradation, environmental destruction, seed/chemical costs are a few of the problems along with massive health risks.

I agree that the world does have a food 'distribution' problem which should be addressed with new technologies and methods. However, drought, cold resistant, high yield, non GM crops have already been tested and found successful in many countries (including Australia). All governments should be backing those technologies that are safer for the earth and the individual. Indian and Australian studies have shown 65% increase in yields in some crops when timing of seeding and soil nutriment balances are considered.

The World Health Organization has just declared GM a 'contaminant' in foodstuffs. There are law suits now in train in several countries on a variety of issues surrounding GM. Our own non-GM farmers will have to sue their Australian GM neighbours for contamination and loss of market. Chinese, Japanese European and Middle East businesses want GM-free produce. A growing number of food retailers and restaurants in Australia are doing the same, along with 95% of the informed population polled on the subject.

Gene Ethics director Bob Phelps said WA's GM-free status had been earning growers a premium of $40 to $85 above world market prices for most of this year; will grow as people realise that they value their health more than a little price rise in essential foods. Food prices will rise anyway as pesticide use and seed prices will force farmers to pass on costs. Has anyone thought about the fact that GM may be accepted in countries where they no longer have any choice of non-GM product because GM has already been introduced surreptitiously? Farmers in all countries need to get back their land/livelyhood of which they’ve been robbed, by the giant multinationals.

I suggest everyone concerned look a little more closely at the growing number of adverse reports available to him on GM (ie health and ethics issues). Concerned consumers could also view the DVD documentaries “The World According to Monsanto” and “Unjust Genes” for further information.

Geoff Bebb and Michelle Denise
Network of Concerned Consumers
Western Australia

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