'NOT THE ANSWER TO POVERTY IN AFRICA'
09:00 - 21 July
A retired scientist living in Cornwall yesterday urged
not to be "blackmailed" into supporting the production of
modified crops for the benefit of starving, debt-ridden countries
Africa. Philip Gordon said he had spent 20 years in Africa and
famines in Sudan and Ethiopia which, like the current crisis
Zimbabwe, were primarily caused by politicians.
Mr Gordon claimed:
"Africa needs GM like a hole in the head.
"My message to the Government
is: Don't be blackmailed into GM because
it would be helping
"If we do that, we will not be helping Africa. We will be
Mr Gordon was echoing the views of the Soil
Association on world hunger.
The Soil Association says GM seeds are
expensive, can reduce yields and
depend on specific chemicals.
farmers in Africa would need loans to buy them, as they had done
Their debt and dependency on agro-chemical giants such as
the USA and Bayer in Germany, who were lobbying governments,
Oxfam and Christian Aid have both warned
that the marketing of GM crops
could intensify world
Charlotte Russell, regional manager of the Soil Association's
South West initiative, yesterday added that scientific students
shown rats to suffer from eating GM tomatoes and chickens from eating