Eventos paralelos a la conferencia de la FAO. Cobertura conjunta
entre Radio Mundo Real y Biodiversidad, Sustento y Culturas
This conflict will be solved at international courts. The authorization of GM corn crops in Mexico and the attempt by the FAO to legitimize this practice are strongly questioned by tens of organizations meeting in Guadalajara, Mexico, in the parallel activities to the Conference on Agriculture Biotechnologies in Developing Countries (where the world´s most important seed companies are gathered).
“The case submitted would be the issue of GM contamination in Mexico”, said Ramon Vera Herrera from GRAIN Mexico, “but we would also have to focus on the case of the FAO, which is clearly promoting biotechnology companies as a solution, telling us that biotechnology and nature can coexist”.
“It is extremely important that movements and organizations around the world react against this attempt by the FAO to legitimize GMOs as a solution for third world countries”, said Silvia Ribeiro, researcher at the Erosion, Technology and Concentration Group (ETC Group) in Mexico and editor of Biodiversidad, sustento y culturas magazine.
The Conference of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Developing Countries (ABDC-10) organized by FAO will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico, from March 1st to March 4th. The conference will analyze the “opportunities” offered by biotechnology as a way to solve the food crisis suffered by almost a billion people in the world.
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