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World Food Program director stands by 'GM or death' policy

by the Genetic Food Alert

(Friday, Sept. 27, 2002 -- CropChoice guest commentary) As African and international outrage grows over the use of food aid as a GM marketing tool by the US-controlled World Food Programme, the New Scientist reveals an incredible seven years history of unauthorised GM dumping. The now exposed Director of the World Food Programme, James Morris, is hitting back with a ludicrous propaganda campaign for the biotech industry, claiming that 'Biotech food can save millions of African lives'. Its easy to make such claims when you have the power to deny people access to non-GM food.

Why is is that such claims about feeding the world with GM crops are made only by the world's main producers of GM crops and not by the recipients of food aid? Why is it that the World Food Programme has had to hide the dumping of GM crops from the recipients of 'aid' for so long ? Why is it that the World Food Programme has consistently bought unwanted GM crops from the USA in preference to non-GM surplusses from poor nations near famine regions?

In 1998 the food and agriculture representatives for Africa jointly stated that they "strongly object that the image of the poor and hungry from our countries is being used by giant multinational corporations to push a technology that is neither safe, environmentally friendly, nor economically beneficial to us". Four years later these corporations, through the World Food Programme, are giving Africa their ultimatum: "GM or Death".

1. U.N. is slipping modified food into aid. (New Scientist, 19 Sept 02)

2. Biotech food can save millions of African lives. (James Morris, International Herald Tribune, 19 Sept 02)

For the full story of America's international campaign to force GM food and crops on the world see: