Thu Feb 16th, 2006 at 04:03:52 AM EST
Two interesting articles related to food in today's European Breakfast that are worthy of note, and in contrast to each other.
Europe, WTO battle over biotech crops
Eco-farming ,,Helps World's Poor"
Here's the quotes that Fran posted:
RYE, England (UPI) - This week a preliminary ruling on biotech crops was issued by the World Trade Organization that could prevent national and local governments from setting their own environmental and human health regulations in cases where scientific uncertainty exists. It's a major blow for those who believe in what is called the Precautionary Principle -- the notion that innovation should be shelved unless all risks can be avoided.
In question is the European Commission's regulatory system, which has delayed the widespread sale of biotech crops until better scientific evidence can prove them not to harm the environment or human health.
Sustainable farming methods can help the poorest farmers in developing nations out of poverty, new research suggests. Scientists found that techniques such as crop rotation and organic farming increased crop yields by an average of 79%, without risking future harvests.
The study, possibly the largest of its kind, looked at more than 280 projects in 57 of the world's poorest countries.
The findings appear in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.
The team of international scientists who carried out the four-year project found that the farmers enjoyed improved crop productivity, while reducing their use of pesticides and water.
One of the report's co-authors, Professor Jules Pretty from the University of Essex, UK, said the findings challenged the dominate view that the West knew best when it came to agriculture.
I am curius as to what people think of this WTO ruling, and what should be done. I suggest that Europe pulls out of the WTO...screw them! (And what would happen if we did?). And I like what is being said about sustainable farming...how do we bring this here??