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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL Septembre - Agriculture: Hunt GMOs, they come galloping (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:52:24 +0300

After genetically modified organisms classic, laboratories have developed new techniques for obtaining more sophisticated than earlier plants. The agrochemical industry tries to evade the regulations. ---- In February 2016, the European Commission examined the NPBT, new techniques for producing plants, to decide in consultation with Member States to submit or not to European regulations on GMOs. The High Council of Biotechnology (HCB) issued a discrete report, quoted by L'Usine Nouvelle: "The Scientific Committee of the HCB offers to coach some of these techniques, case by case. An analysis close to that of the companies surveyed in the Economic Committee, Ethics and Social Responsibility, which advocate to regulate according to the characteristics of each product, rather than to focus on the techniques used to obtain them. " The term NPBT includes many techniques that have not much to see them: use of enzymes to manipulate the genome of bacteria to inject foreign DNA into a plant cell transplants between GM and non- GMOs ... All organizations produce artificially modified genetic material. Yet the agrochemical industry seeks to escape the faires, case by case, to the specific authorization procedures for GMOs.

Profit at the peril of science

Yves Bertheau, Research Director at INRA, which is defined as "not anti-GMO" and recently resigned HCB, denounced a "misuse of procedure," and "many inconsistencies, evacuated crucial points" in the opinion of the HCB. "instead of a scientific report, we end up with gibberish. " He advocates the application to NPBT procedures governing GMOs, studies on the long term measuring the effects of new plant health or biodiversity. " It's the least we can offer. " The issue of GMOs, associated with very significant economic interests, therefore up today by the back door. We can see how, even within organizations and official reports, rampant manipulation and interested approximations. But is this not what has not always prevailed on this issue?

GMO production is a benefit for multinational agrochemical whose only goal is to increase profits and to appropriate living. Whatever the consequences for the environment and for farmers, especially in the South. No matter that wherever these techniques are implemented, there is increased amounts of pesticides released into the environment, carcinogenic, endocrine disrupting, destroying biodiversity ... No, research on GMOs do not for the common good or to combat world hunger. This manipulation is concealing contraband goods under new names to escape the regulatory outcomes of peasant struggles and environmentalists. The NPBT should be treated for what they are, GMOs, and the same rules ban.

Jacques Dubart (AL Nantes)

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