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[ba-unrev-talk] Starving nation rejects bio-tech crops

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A23728-2002Jul30.html    (01)

"Thousands of tons of U.S. emergency food aid destined for crisis-stricken 
Zimbabwe has been diverted to other countries, and a new shipload may be 
diverted within days, because the donations include genetically modified 
corn that the Zimbabwean government does not want to accept.
The image of a nation on the brink of starvation turning down food because 
it has been genetically engineered has reignited a long-smoldering 
scientific and political controversy over the risks and benefits of 
gene-altered food."    (02)

"The Zimbabwean government, which for decades has supported the development 
of corn varieties suited to local ecosystems, is concerned not only about 
genetic contamination, but also about intellectual property issues. Pending 
changes in international trade rules, backed by the United States, could 
preclude farmers from saving the patented seeds from biotech harvests for 
replanting in following years, a practice vital to many subsistence farmers 
who cannot afford to buy new seed every year.
"If these crops get in, then farmers basically lose their rights to their 
own agricultural resources," said Carole Collins, senior policy analyst for 
the Washington-based Africa Faith and Justice Network."    (03)