Wednesday, March 01, 2000, 1:34:13 AM, you wrote:
Congratulations for forcing him to change his tone and ground his
comments in opinions that can now be accurately dealt with. A glaring
omission on his part is a lack of consciousness and the willingness to
locate himself on the playing field or take his place among the
zealots (and mercenary ones, at that) on the other side.
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DM> This is my response from Alex Avery to a recent letter submitted to him
DM> and Sanet:
>>Subject: Alex Avery
>>> "This was the best thing you've sent in (the Vandana Shiva article)
>>> a long while.
>>> Hilarious!! I couldn't stop laughing. Are these people serious?
>>Did anyone notice that Alex Avery did not actually say anything useful?
>>He babbled about how funny and hilarious but never offered any REAL
>>solutions. I appreciate the real debate going on, not the political
>>This scares me.
DM> ALEX WROTE:
DM> Did anyone notice that Dave doesn't have a sense of humor.
DM> Dave, what scared you? That I would spotlight the absurdity of the
DM> arguments from people with a fundamental and elitist opposition to a
DM> much needed technology. I'm not dismissing legitimate concerns about
DM> genetically-engineered organisms. That is why I and the Center for
DM> Global Food Issues supports science-based environmental and food safety
DM> regulation of the use and application of biotechnology. Biotechnology
DM> is like dynamite, a tool which can be used for both good and bad.
DM> I've spoken directly with Ms. Mellon and have read much of Ms. Shiva's
DM> work. My boss has debated Ms. Shiva. I perceive Ms. Mellon and Ms.
DM> Shiva to be zealots. They are not trying to stop bad biotechnology,
DM> they want to stop all biotechnology. How else to explain why they would
DM> oppose the golden rice? Funded by a philanthropic foundation
DM> (Rockefeller), backed with philanthropic government funding (Swiss),
DM> distributed freely through an inclusive international rural development
DM> organization (IRRI) to improve the health of millions people throughout
DM> This debate has gotten silly! Ms. Shiva's arguments are especially
DM> silly! I merely pointed that out. You call it "political rhetoric." I
DM> call it the cold, hard, Luddite truth!
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