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Just Don’t Do It
By An Dien
Thanh Nien News
Investing in GMOs is the worst decision Vietnam could make at this time, putting its food sovereignty at risk, independent scientists say
A Thai organic farmer pretends to be dead after eating GM corn during a protest against the introduction of genetically modified organisms(GMOs) to Thailand outside the Government House in Bangkok in 2004. Opponents say that investing in GMOs is the worst decision Vietnam can take at this juncture when the market for GM crops is shrinking and more evidence emerges about its long term implications.
The jury is not really out on genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Activists are unequivocal that they are very harmful to human and environmental health. They point to the many lies and discredited information its proponents keep pushing as evidence. The proponents, meanwhile, hail it as a scientific advance that has the potential to solve the world’s hunger problems.
To promote GMOs at this point is probably the worst decision that Vietnam can make, activists, many of them independent scientists, say. They reiterate that the information widely circulated about genetically-modified (GM) crops is conspicuously biased and incomplete.
Many of the so-called facts produced by Monsanto, the world’s largest seed company, have been proven wrong long ago, they assert.
As this technology can impact everyone who eats, persist in the environment, negatively impact farmers, and destroy export markets, it makes sense to find every excuse to cancel or at least delay its deployment,” said Jeffrey Smith, founder and executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), a California-based NGO that seeks to educate policymakers and the public about the risks and impacts of GMOs on health, environment, agriculture, and the global economy.
The Vietnamese government approved in 2006 a blueprint to develop GM crops through a “major program for the development and application of biotechnology in agriculture and rural development through 2020.”
The plan envisaged the completion of lab research and field trials of some GM crops by 2010, cultivation by 2015 and planting of between 30 and 50 percent of the country’s farmland by 2020.
The Agricultural Genetics Institute said it believed that GM corn, which is more resistant to insect pests and grass pesticides, could ensure crop yields 30-40 percent higher than normal.
A pilot cultivation of the GM corn in the northern province of Vinh Phuc has shown no negative impact on the environment and biological diversity, the institute said early this month.
The Vietnamese government has given the go-ahead to field trials of GM maize, cotton and soybean plants before planting them on a large scale, which is slated to begin in 2012.
GM crops have performed far better than their non-GM counterparts,” Le Huy Ham, director of the Agricultural Genetics Institute, was quoted by local media as saying.
Ham went on to say that the public could rest assured that no study in the world has been able to conclude that the GM crops would be harmful to people’s health.
International experts reject these claims emphatically.
Monsanto lies. That’s what they do – they’ve lied in nearly every country, for decades,” said Smith, who authored the book “Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies about the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating.”
They’ve been caught, convicted, fined, and publicly humiliated, and yet they continue to lie.”
The increase in yields claimed “would have been known and will show in data. It’s only spin doctors’ claims,” said HervÃ© Le Crosnier, a researcher at the France’s University of Caen.
In fact we have two different kinds of way to measure yield. First is the intrinsic (or potential) one, which considers only the best conditions, and then the operational yield, which considers the real production in the farm, including pest resistance, drought, or climateâ¦”
Such claims are typical advertisement practice. They don’t rely on data in real use, in the fields, in diverse situations, but are extrapolation of experiments that are done in the best possible conditions,” Le Crosnier said.
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What Vietnam Needs to Know:
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Herbicide-tolerance and GM crops Greenpeace, June 2011
Per USDA, Herbicide Use Increases with GE Crops, Beyond Pesticides, June 2011
More problems with glyphosate: Rice growers sound alarm, Food Freedom, May 2011
Scientists warn of link between dangerous new pathogen and Monsanto’s Roundup, Food Freedom, Feb 2011
Monsanto’s superweeds come home to roost: 11 million US acres infested, Generation Green, Oct. 2010
GM Soy: Sustainable? Responsible? Superweeds and birth defects: A review of scientific evidence on genetically modified soy and the herbicide glyphosate, Sept. 2010
Three Approved GMOs Linked to Organ Damage, Food Freedom, Jan. 2010