Now, Egypt Says No To Merchandise Inward Gm Foods

There is adept tidings on the GM front. Finally, Arab Republic of Egypt has shown the door to controversial GM foods. And if you lot cry back to a greater extent than or less years dorsum to a greater extent than or less African countries had refused to buckle nether the US pull per unit of measurement area to import GM corn despite the imitation threat of an impending famine. The World Food Programme had collaborated alongside the USAID to exert pull per unit of measurement area on these piteous countries.

That was inward 2002. And afterward half dozen long years, Arab Republic of Egypt has shown the political courage to order no GM nutrient imports together with exports.

To bring you lot dorsum to the issue, allow me impress the relevant percentage from my article Famine as Commerce (Aug 2002

But what is arguably 1 of the most blatantly anti-humanitarian act, seen as morally repugnant, is the conclusion of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to offering US $50 1 chiliad m inward nutrient assist to famine-stricken Republic of Zimbabwe provided that it is used to purchase genetically modified maize. Food assist thus is no longer an musical instrument of unusual policy. It has at 1 time travel a major commercial activity, fifty-fifty if it agency exploiting the famine victims together with starving millions.

That is the official trace of piece of occupation at the USAID most the corn it has offered to Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique together with Malawi, where an estimated thirteen 1 chiliad m people confront severe hunger together with perhaps alive nether the spectre of an impending famine afterward ii years of drought together with floods.

For the genetically modified nutrient industry, reeling nether a growing rejection of its untested together with harmful nutrient products, at that spot is coin inward hunger, starvation together with death. Spearheaded yesteryear USAID, the manufacture has made it abundantly clear that it has exclusively genetically modified maize to offering together with was non willing to segregate. The WFP, which over the yesteryear few decades has for all practical purposes travel an extension of USAID, was quick to position its security stamp. It had before helped the US to cut down its grain surpluses yesteryear taking the genetically modified nutrient for a mid-day repast programme for schoolhouse children inward Africa.

President Mogabe may non live able to agree for long. He had before told Zimbabwe’s Parliament on July 23: “We attain out the acquaint drought alongside our eyes clearly assail the hereafter of the agricultural sector, which is the mainstay of our economy. We dare non endanger its hereafter through misplaced decisions based on acts of either desperation or expediency.” But then, the biotechnology manufacture is using all its fiscal ability to intermission downwards the African resistance. Once the GM nutrient is accepted as humanitarian aid, it volition live politically hard for the African governments to oppose the corporate take-over of Africa’s agricultural economy. For the industry, Africa provides a huge market.

Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa besides has said that his people would rather decease than consume toxic food. While Republic of Malaŵi says it has no selection simply to receive got GM maize, paper reports cry Mozambique, from where Malawi’s nutrient assist has to travel yesteryear through, quest the WFP to encompass it alongside plastic sheeting to avoid spillage spell inward transit.

Malawi incidentally is faced alongside famine afterward it was forced to sell maize to earn dollars for debt servicing. Explains Ann Pettifor of the New Economics Foundation: Just 3 months before the nutrient crisis hit, Republic of Malaŵi was encouraged yesteryear the World Bank “to proceed unusual substitution instead of storing grain” Why? Because unusual substitution is needed to repay debts. Creditors volition non receive got debt repayments inward Malawian Kwachas. Or indeed inward bags of maize. Only “greenbacks” or other hard currencies volition do.

One of Malawi’s telephone substitution commercial creditors needed to receive got their debt repaid, according to Malawi’s president, who inward a BBC interview said the authorities “had been forced (to sell maize) inward lodge to repay commercial loans taken out to purchase surplus maize inward previous years”. President Muluzi said the International Monetary Fund together with the World Bank “insisted that, since Republic of Malaŵi had a surplus together with the (government’s) National Food Reserve Agency had this huge loan, they had to sell the maize to repay the commercial banks.” So Republic of Malaŵi duly sold 28,000 tonnes of maize to Kenya. Under pull per unit of measurement area from her creditors, led yesteryear the World Bank together with the IMF, Republic of Malaŵi exchanged maize — her people’s staple diet — for dollars.

And now, it is getting to a greater extent than or less other loan to purchase genetically modified from the United States. Sure the USAID has been working overtime to attain a marketplace for its genetically modified nutrient industry!

I am non certain how long volition Arab Republic of Egypt live able to agree on to this ban. But all the same it is a really pregnant development. It isn’t slow to stand upward up to the US (read biotech companies) pressure. Take the illustration of Poland. Julian Rose says: Now, working inward Poland alongside Jadwiga Lopata (The International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside) nosotros are preoccupied alongside attempting to proceed GM crops off the thousands of richly biodiverse pocket-sized peasant farms that all the same cling on to survival inward this Country. We managed – betwixt 2004 together with 2006 to instruct every Province (there are 16) to brand a ‘GMO Free’ self annunciation together with so purswaded them to write to the authorities demanding national legislation banning GM seeds together with crops.

To our keen surprise the authorities responded yesteryear banning all GM seeds together with plants inward 2006. But such is the fickleness of politics that the side yesteryear side authorities decided to opposite this province of affairs – together with is at 1 time trying to satisfy the dictats of Brussles (the EU) which says that it is illegal to ban GM seeds together with plants that receive got been approved yesteryear them.

Bharat is to a greater extent than or less other province which is buckling nether the biotech pressure. But inward India, it is non exclusively the political pull per unit of measurement area that works. Public-Private partnership inward agricultural inquiry also plays an as of import role. Agricultural scientists receive got mortagged Blue Planet involvement for the sake of their ain livelihoods.


AFP, via French Republic 24, 12 August 2009:

Arab Republic of Egypt is banning nutrient imports together with exports that are non certified costless of genetically modified products, province tidings agency MENA reported on Wednesday.

Agriculture Minister Amin Abaza “gave instructions… against the entry of whatever imports, particularly wheat, corn together with soya beans until samples of the cargo receive got been examined…in the absence of a certificate,” it added.

The agency gave no farther details.

Arab Republic of Egypt is the most populous Arab province together with 1 of the world’s largest wheat importers.

GM crops are widely grown inward North America, South America together with China. Arab Republic of Egypt approved the tillage of genetically modified corn final year.