27 Oct 2008

Genetically-mutated government

Sustainability is about leaving our planet in a fit state for the future. The way that governments are handling genetic modification (GM) does not fit in with this idea at all.

GM has no proven benefits, and carries potential risks of unlimited consequences. When you start messing with nature, you can never be sure what will happen. There is a delicate balance of life on Earth - and because it is delicate it can easily be upset.

People instinctively seem to understand this, and opposition to GM continues to be very high. Yet governments, under pressure from powerful corporations, continue to try and push it on us.

Yesterday The Independent on Sunday carried a story on Europe's secret plan to boost GM crop production. It exposes how Gordon Brown and other EU leaders are secretly preparing an unprecedented campaign to spread GM crops and foods in Britain and throughout the continent.

The Independent reports how 27 governments plan to "speed up" the introduction of the modified crops and foods and to "deal with" public resistance to them.

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