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UK ministers urge EU Commission to approve GM crops

12 August 2009

Now we know why Hilary Benn has been spouting off about food security.

Livestock farmers warn that lack of feed will put them out of business and they’re of the opinion that they need GM soya and maize to feed their livestock.

Are they aware that GM crops cause cancer and that the pesticides needed for them to grow kill animals that come into contact with it – or do they simply not care?

The Times reports that Government Ministers are pressing the European Commission to speed up approval GM crop varieties or risk a collapse in the £6.8 billion a year market for home-produced chicken, eggs, pork and milk. UK farmers have warned that unless they can feed their pigs and poultry on GM soya and maize varieties being grown in North and South America – but which are currently unlicensed for use in Europe – they may be forced to leave the industry.

The article notes that GM crop producers in the Americas have begun exporting to China and India rather than the EU. The issue is expected to be on the EU agenda in the autumn.

Andrew Malone of the Mail had this to say, after his visit to India:

In one small village I visited, 18 farmers had committed suicide after being sucked into GM debts. In some cases, women have taken over farms from their dead husbands – only to kill themselves as well.

Village after village, families told how they had fallen into debt after being persuaded to buy GM seeds instead of traditional cotton seeds.

The price difference is staggering: £10 for 100 grams of GM seed, compared with less than £10 for 1,000 times more traditional seeds.

But GM salesmen and government officials had promised farmers that these were ‘magic seeds’ – with better crops that would be free from parasites and insects.

Indeed, in a bid to promote the uptake of GM seeds, traditional varieties were banned from many government seed banks.

The authorities had a vested interest in promoting this new biotechnology. Desperate to escape the grinding poverty of the post-independence years, the Indian government had agreed to allow new bio-tech giants, such as the U.S. market-leader Monsanto, to sell their new seed creations.

And this is what our government wants to do to the UK. Andrew continues:

In return for allowing western companies access to the second most populated country in the world, with more than one billion people, India was granted International Monetary Fund loans in the Eighties and Nineties, helping to launch an economic revolution.

Far from being ‘magic seeds’, GM pest-proof ‘breeds’ of cotton have been devastated by bollworms, a voracious parasite.

Nor were the farmers told that these seeds require double the amount of water. This has proved a matter of life and death

With rains failing for the past two years, many GM crops have simply withered and died, leaving the farmers with crippling debts and no means of paying them off.

Having taken loans from traditional money lenders at extortionate rates, hundreds of thousands of small farmers have faced losing their land as the expensive seeds fail, while those who could struggle on faced a fresh crisis.
When crops failed in the past, farmers could still save seeds and replant them the following year.

But with GM seeds they cannot do this. That’s because GM seeds contain so- called ‘terminator technology’, meaning that they have been genetically modified so that the resulting crops do not produce viable seeds of their own.

As a result, farmers have to buy new seeds each year at the same punitive prices. For some, that means the difference between life and death.

A leader in the Telegraph argues, “Farmers are overwhelmed with regulation and red tape, most, it is true, the result of our membership of the [EU’s] Common Agricultural Policy, which has been instrumental in embedding inefficiencies in Continental farming and impoverishing many producers in the developing world through the dumping of surpluses.”

We have our answer then. The EU is the reason that our farmers can’t afford to feed their livestock affordably but instead of rectifying that problem, our esteemed, cerebrally and morally challenged ministers seek to compound the problem by introducing GM.

Someone, please stop these madmen before they destroy this country completely.

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