Saturday, 5 January 2013

GREENS WARN KENT FARMERS OFF GMOS

Kent Green Party is warning Kent's farmers off Genetically Modified crops, challenging the uninformed enthusiasm of Secretary of State for the Environment, Owen Paterson. Steve Dawe(1) comments:
"Kent's farmers would be well advised to ignore the new enthusiasm of the Secretary of State for the Environment for Genetically Modified crops(GMOs)(2). Owen Paterson appears to have failed to consider the immense costs to farmers and the environment which have occurred wherever GM crops have been introduced.
"Genetically modified crops have been shown to radically increase the need for and the cost of inputs for farming, drastically increasing the costs for farmers. Claims of increased yields for GM crops have been shown repeatedly to be false. Claims that GM engineered pesticides and herbicides would control weeds and pests have been refuted as super-weeds and super pests have acquired resistance to them. The US Department for Agriculture has said that conventional crops are available that are resilient in the face of climate change, rejecting claims that GM crops are supposedly needed for this purpose. GMOs in general have been demonstrated to be toxic or to cause allergies in a wide variety of plant and animal species(3).
"Kent needs a diverse, mixed increasingly organic agriculture system including increased forestry, and more allotments in all areas. Our expanding network of farmers markets is just a start to the employment this could bring to our County(4). No one needs GM crops."

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FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe, Press Officer, KENT GREEN PARTY, on 01732 355185 or 07747 036192. Contact address as above. Promoted by H.Dawe for Kent Green Party, both at 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF. KENT GREEN NEWS, free ezine, is available by subscription at www.kentgreenparty.org
Notes:
1.      Steve Dawe has taught Development Studies at 3 different universities and environmental policy at another. GMOs have featured in a number of courses he has taught.
2.      Generally referred to generically as 'Genetically Modified Organisms'.
3.      Collected evidence from scientific papers: The GMO Emperor has no clothes: a global citizens report on the state of GMOs (2011) Vandana Shiva et al: http://no2gm.com/the-gmo-emperor-has-no-clothes/ SEE ALSO: Raj Patel  Stuffed and Starved (2008) pp133-160; John Madeley  Food for All: the need for a new agriculture (2002); GRAIN  The Great Food Robbery (2012).
4.      SEE Kent Farmers Market Association for details: http://www.kfma.org.uk/

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