Thought this might interest those of you tracking the hunger and
population issue. And which of us with half a brain ain't?
I'll be sharing thoughts on this probably early fall...I've been
dropping references to this issue as sustag related for three years
on SANET...and nobody has ever picked up those threads for further
discussion...so I guess I'm gonna hafta do a full-blown rant, eh?
This came across ProMED last week. I'm cc'ing it to Wisconsin's
Secretary of State, who has a strong interest in global issues as
they relate to regional ones.
Date: Wed, 5 Aug 1998 23:47:07 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: PRO/PL> APS population/hunger resolution
APS POPULATION/HUNGER RESOLUTION
A ProMED-mail post
Date: Wed, 05 Aug 1998 06:03:31 -0700
From: American Phytopathological Society
Via: Anderson, Pamela
Adopted by APS in 1994
Whereas, The American Phytopathological Society (APS) is a
professional organization whose origin was based on the role of plant
diseases in famine and poverty,
Whereas, The APS recognizes that the continuing increase in the
world's human population and the continuing need to increase food
production and availability represent major problems confronting the
Whereas, The APS recognizes that the Earth has a finite carrying
capacity for the human species, that agricultural technology has a
finite capacity for meeting the needs of the growing human population,
and that resource consumption represents a basic cause of human
suffering and degradation of the environment, and
Whereas, The APS recognizes that rapid human population growth is
itself exacerbated by poverty and inequity,
Be it resolved that The American Phytopathological Society accepts the
1. The APS acknowledges that increasing food production is a
necessary, but by no means sufficient, condition to reduce world
2. The APS and its members reaffirm their commitments to encourage
research and education to develop and produce healthy plants, to
control diseases of plants, and to accomplish these tasks with a
maintenance of the Earth's environment and natural resources.
3. The APS will facilitate efforts to educate its members concerning
relationships among poverty, hunger, and human population growth.
4. The APS will play an active role in reminding governments and the
public of the extreme challenges posed by the current, rapid rate of
human population growth and the causal factors that determine human
5. The APS strongly supports efforts by government and private
agencies to take action toward the challenges posed by the current,
rapid rate of human population growth.
6. The APS strongly supports international development policies and
programs that address the needs of the poorer sectors of society, that
contribute to improved economic and social equity (including women's
rights), and that promote the development of sustainable societies.
7. All nations of the world, developed and developing, make
contributions to global problems. None has the right to dictate
solutions to others, and none alone has the ability to identify the
most effective solutions. Thus, the APS pledges technical guidance and
rapid transfer of information to the international community and will
join with colleagues of different nations and of different scientific
disciplines to seek world solutions to global problems such as hunger,
poverty, human population growth, and environmental degradation.
The American Phytopathological Society
3340 Pilot Knob Road
St. Paul, Minnesota 55121
Michele Gale-Sinex, communications manager
Center for Integrated Ag Systems
UW-Madison College of Ag and Life Sciences
Voice: (608) 262-8018 FAX: (608) 265-3020
In the end, they will lay their freedom at our feet
and say to us, 'Make us your slaves, but feed us.'
--the Grand Inquisitor, Dostoevsky
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