Thanks for the 3 U of Bern posts re this latest development in the
bits and pieces approach world of GMOs.
That the FAO has gotten behind them and developed noncommercial
offerings is disappointing to say the least and complicates what
otherwise was a clear cut counter strategy. (IRRI is a CIGAR unit if I
recall correctly, but correct me if I'm wrong).
The Avery's are vulnerable enough thanks to their big and nasty,
flapping mouths; but the battle lines are dividing between supply on
the one hand and consumers on the other. If the supply end controls
the market and thereby the public's perception, clearly stated GMO
free alternative offerings with their own quality advantages are
needed along with the stated philosophical / scientific basis for
same. Try as they might, the elements of personal choice and
biologically based evolution will continue to form the context for all
the rest of the incongruent and short sighted attempts to minimize
these same elements in the market. Legislators must be pressured to
maintain a legal framework that respects diversity, provides
safeguards for public health and the environment and mandates full
It's 3 am and that's enough.
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