It may startle you. But the fact is that the to a greater extent than you lot destroy the surround (and the planet) the higher is the economical growth. You tin terminate bomb a city, as well as and thence rebuild it. The gross domestic product soars. Similarly, if you lot let the biotechnology companies to contaminate your nutrient as well as environment, the wellness costs buy the farm upward as well as thence does the GDP. The to a greater extent than the spread of superweeds as well as superbugs, the to a greater extent than is the application of all kinds of deadly pesticides resulting inwards a higher gross domestic product growth. And thence on.
So when I read today inwards The Telegraph the British Prime Minister David Cameron openly welcoming the GM industry, stating: “I intend at that spot are a number of subjects at that spot that nosotros bespeak to receive got on, I intend it is fourth dimension to hold off ane time to a greater extent than at the whole number of GM foods. We bespeak to move opened upward to arguments from science,” I wasn’t the to the lowest degree surprised. With the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation as well as Development (OECD) predicting that the United Kingdom of Great Britain as well as Northern Ireland of Britain as well as Northern Republic of Ireland economic scheme volition grow past times a paltry 1.5 per cent inwards 2014, David Cameron is sure as shooting bitten past times desperation. He wouldn’t similar to buy the farm downward every bit the Prime Minister who failed to prop upward the ailing British economy.
We know that extra-ordinary times require extra-ordinary decisions. That holds truthful for Statesman. But at a fourth dimension when virtually political leaders across the public are no ameliorate than corporate lobbyists (Read my before analysis: What create you lot create when Heads of State indulge inwards lobbying? ) the best they tin terminate create is to cling on to desperation. That’s just what David Cameron has done.
Forgetting the scourge of mad moo-cow illness as well as the foot-and-mouth illness that resulted inwards millions of cows existence burnt, I wonder whether David Cameron fifty-fifty remotely understands the grave threat GM crops as well as foods pose to human wellness as well as the environment. And this brings me to the cardinal question. If it is non proper for the governments to create what the concern tin terminate do, why the Heads of State move allowed to create what Corporate lobbyists do? How long tin terminate democratic societies proceed tranquillity patch the Heads of State unabashedly promote the concern interests of Corporations? When volition the club stand upward up to set a curb on the abuse of ability past times the elected governments?
I catch the argument. “Last twelvemonth farmers lost 1.3 billion pound Sterling from wretched harvests as well as higher feed bills for cattle, making the bespeak for novel applied scientific discipline fifty-fifty to a greater extent than urgent,” said The Telegraph report. While this may move true, the fact remains the wretched harvests that were recorded across approximately of the developed countries were essentially because of the climatic changes, which is the number of the faulty agriculture practices that receive got been followed over the past times few decades. Its intensive agriculture that United Kingdom of Great Britain as well as Northern Ireland of Britain as well as Northern Republic of Ireland excels inwards that is causing the problem. Any sensible Head of the State would receive got starting fourth dimension tried to resurrect farming inwards a fashion that it becomes genuinely sustainable as well as thereby results inwards less impairment to the environment.
David Cameron was speaking on Beating Hunger through Business as well as Science at a pre-G8 trial inwards London (see the film above). Business as well as scientific discipline tin terminate definitely create a lot to defeat hunger. With over xl per cent of the processed nutrient existence wasted inwards United Kingdom of Great Britain as well as Northern Ireland of Britain as well as Northern Republic of Ireland alone, I had idea the Prime Minister would immediately the agri-business manufacture to ensure that non an ounce of processed nutrient goes waste. This stair out lonely would receive got drastically reduced the carbon footprint, saved British surround from farther deterioration every bit a outcome of to a greater extent than intensive farming, as well as at the same fourth dimension made billions of pounds of nutrient available to run across the needs of the hungry millions.
Instead he took the desperate road that would outcome inwards a higher gross domestic product which he tin terminate drum around. The to a greater extent than the concern as well as manufacture were to invest inwards developing risky as well as unwanted GM crops, the to a greater extent than volition move the GDP. The to a greater extent than the sale of GM crop seeds, addition the increase inwards sales of chemicals to manage pests as well as diseases, the to a greater extent than volition move the add-on to British GDP. The to a greater extent than the resulting impairment to the wellness of British people would hateful to a greater extent than dependence on big pharma, which inwards plow would hateful to a greater extent than spending on health. All this adds on to country’s gross domestic product growth.
What a remarkable growth formula, isn’t it? #
Additional reading: The Business of Hunger past times Devinder Sharma.