Government assesses the possible use of bio-technology in food production

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Government assesses the possible use of bio-technology in food production


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The Government of Saint Lucia identifies bio-technology as a possible tool for addressing the island’s food security and production concerns—so says Jannelle Gabrielle, officer in the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology while addressing the issue of genetically modified organisms.

GMOs, as they are commonly called, are living things which are made by taking parts of genes from other organisms and combining them with the genes of the host organism.

Gabrielle said that bio-technology, which is used to create GMOs, may provide a number of benefits for the country.

“We are looking to safe, modern bio-technology as a way of producing foods, useful vaccines and medications, and finding more efficient ways of delivering vaccines and medications to people all around the world,” she said, adding that the bio-safety project in the Ministry of Sustainable Development has been examining this option with caution as there are risks involved.

“There are socio-economic risks which involve the changes in costs, the practices of farmers; the loss of their traditional knowledge and their traditional practices. There are also agricultural environmental risks where one farmer is growing organic and another farmer growing a genetically modified crop, then there’s that risk of contamination.”

Saint Lucia signed onto the Cartagena Protocol on Bio-Safety in 2005. This protocol provides a mechanism by which genetically modified organisms could be regulated and monitored.

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  1. CRAP!!!!
    Why don't government try to assist the farmers with increasing production, so that they could export our NATURAL fruits and vegetables instead of trying to mess with God's creation.
    Nonsense!!

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  2. Sons and daughters of St. Lucia, 
    Love the land that gave us birth, 
    Land of beaches, hills and valleys, 
    Fairest isle of all the earth. 
    Wheresoever you may roam, 
    Love, oh love your island home. 

    LOVE THE LAND THAT GAVE US BIRTH.....
    please Ministers .... Don't contaminate the land with GMOs.  Keep the people safe.

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  3. NO TO GMO We have already seen the negative effects. Why don't we concentrate on assisting our farmers and households in producing the best organic products. For once can't St Lucia be the leader and not the follower?

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  4. NO NO NEVER NO. Ms Janelle.. You are brighter than that..Say NO. Stand your ground on this one!!! NOOO..for our future nooo.

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  5. When our government borrows money, that money comes with conditions one of those conditions is that they have to implement wicked shit like this.

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  6. i dont see the benefit...
    What i see is we trying to play God...
    WE can grow everything naturally and from scratch so whats the point of bio technology... shate man, we looking to really kill our selves

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  7. RIDICULOUS! Why don't they have discussions on getting ppl trained as paramedics, forensic specialists, youth development etc etc. Seriously ppl!! chewps!

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  8. BS!
    We have enough food here! Gov not helping the farmers to produce more and better. It can be done naturally. Don't put any fake crap in the food. Look at developed countries and their rates of cancer and other diseases. Stop following these people and their garbage. They come here to get REAL food.

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  9. Though it barely received any media attention at the time, a renowned British biochemist who back in 1998 exposed the shocking truth about how genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) cause organ damage, reproductive failure, digestive dysfunction, impaired immunity, and cancer, among many other conditions, was immediately fired from his job, and the team of researchers who assisted him dismissed from their post within 24 hours from the time when the findings went public.
    Arpad Pusztai, who is considered to be one of the world's most respected and well-learned biochemists, had for three years led a team of researchers from Scotland's prestigious Rowett Research Institute (RRI) in studying the health effects of a novel GM potato with built-in Bt toxin. Much to the surprise of many, the team discovered that, contrary to industry rhetoric, Bt potato was responsible for causing severe health damage in test rats, a fact that was quickly relayed to the media out of concern for public health.
    But rather than be praised for their honest assessment into this genetically-tampered potato, Pusztai and his colleagues were chastised by industry-backed government authorities, including British Prime Minister Tony Blair, whose office was discovered to have secretly contacted RRI just hours after Pusztai and his team announced the results of their study on television. For speaking the truth, Pusztai was immediately fired from his position, and his team dismissed from their positions at the school.

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  10. Garbage ya'll want people to start eating or what. You can eat it. Just you yourself if you choose to, but don't try to bring that crap here.

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  11. What the hell do you all know about biodiversity? We never had a problem with food production so don't create one. To prove my point, provide a market and witness overproduction. I can guarantee you the farmers will be wasting their time producing inorganic foods because no one with sense is going to buy. Find markets for the farmers instead or just simply find something better to do. What a waste ?

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  12. NO NO NO! NO Monsanto NO! Not in Lucia. Min of sustainable Development needs to rethink this krap! thanks.

    " keep it as natural as possible"

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  13. "Government assesses the possible use of bio-technology in food production"

    RIGHT, ACCESS FIRST...HEALTH RISKS AND ALL. THEN FINALLY...DON'T BRING IT HERE TO OUR SHORES. WHILS OTHERS ARE FIGHTING IT TOOTH AND NAIL, OUR GOVERNMENT IS CONSIDERING ITS USE HERE, WHAT A BIG JOKE. WHERE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO HOLD ALL THE DEGREES???

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  14. "Government assesses the possible use of bio-technology in food production"

    RIGHT, ACCESS FIRST. HEALTH RISKS AND ALL. THEN DO NOT BRING IT TO OUR SHORES!!

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  15. A little learning is a dangerous thing. The folks at the Ministry headed by Fletcher are proving the truthfulness of this statement. They are really proving that we, as a people and nation, become highly educated but use the knowledge we acquired only to think of ways and means of harming ourselves. We do not think about how we may grow and develop!

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  16. Flip a coin and make a decision either way it's a no win option, stop wasting money assessing.

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  17. WE DON'T WANT THIS KRAP HERE EVER! A GENETICALLY MODIFIED CARROT IS NOT A CARROT. ASK THE CANADIAN POPULACE HOW THEY FEEL ABOUT SUCH AND YOU'D BE SURPRISED. HERE ARE SOME USEFUL LINKS:

    http://amazinghealth.com/12.10.24-scientist-that-discovered-gmo-health-hazards-immediately-fired-team-dismantled

    http://amazinghealth.com/protesters-march-against-gmo

    http://amazinghealth.com/AH-health-GMO-stomach-nutrients

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