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- Without city record, Marie Street residents on hook for thousands in sewer repairs (4/19/17)7
- Event includes the first public tour of 200-year-old Elmwood Manor (4/23/17)3
- BBB warns Jackson man's online business might not be legit (4/24/17)
- Few Southeast students face suspension, expulsion for sexual assaults, campus paper finds (4/25/17)5
- Man out on bond for alleged molestation of boys charged with abusing girl (4/18/17)
- Cape councilman Bob Fox to run for mayor (4/21/17)5
- Woman battered after smashing boyfriend's meth pipe against wall, police say (4/25/17)
- Deputy: Man kicked, broke uncle's ribs after yard-work dispute (4/19/17)
- Sikeston man charged in shooting death of Cape man (4/23/17)
Altered crops aren't the answer
To the editor:
The Food and Agriculture Association of the United Nations has been meeting this week to address the growing global food crisis. The U.S. delegation, led by Department of Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer, is proposing that the world adopt genetically engineered crops as a silver-bullet solution. However, Shafer's solution is little more than a thinly veiled attempt at subsidizing biotech corporations and advancing the genetic contamination of organic and nongenetically altered crops in famine-stricken countries.
Genetically altered crops are untested and unwanted by the majority of the planet's population. Dozens of countries currently ban the cultivation of any genetically engineered varieties as they have yet to be proven safe for the environment or for human consumption. Additionally, genetically altered crops have not been demonstrated to significantly increase yields, but rather force farmers onto a deadly spiral of agrochemicals and corporate patent monopolies. I think the U.S. population would be shocked to learn how many genetically altered foods are already being forced upon us.
The root cause of hunger abroad has more to do with so-called free-trade agreements and market speculation than crop yields and patented hybrid crops. Genetically altered crops will only deepen the global food crisis. Impoverished and famine-stricken countries need to be supported by redeveloping their food sovereignty to avoid deepening the crisis. Global security is dependent upon long-term sustainability, not short-term corporate subsidies,
LISA SWINFORD, Jackson