Upcoming Events

Cork | Environment

no events match your query!

New Events

Cork

no events posted in last week

Blog Feeds

Anti-Empire

Anti-Empire

offsite link The Wholesome Photo of the Month Thu May 09, 2024 11:01 | Anti-Empire

offsite link In 3 War Years Russia Will Have Spent $3... Thu May 09, 2024 02:17 | Anti-Empire

offsite link UK Sending Missiles to Be Fired Into Rus... Tue May 07, 2024 14:17 | Marko Marjanović

offsite link US Gives Weapons to Taiwan for Free, The... Fri May 03, 2024 03:55 | Anti-Empire

offsite link Russia Has 17 Percent More Defense Jobs ... Tue Apr 30, 2024 11:56 | Marko Marjanović

Anti-Empire >>

Human Rights in Ireland
A Blog About Human Rights

offsite link UN human rights chief calls for priority action ahead of climate summit Sat Oct 30, 2021 17:18 | Human Rights

offsite link 5 Year Anniversary Of Kem Ley?s Death Sun Jul 11, 2021 12:34 | Human Rights

offsite link Poor Living Conditions for Migrants in Southern Italy Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:14 | Human Rights

offsite link Right to Water Mon Aug 03, 2020 19:13 | Human Rights

offsite link Human Rights Fri Mar 20, 2020 16:33 | Human Rights

Human Rights in Ireland >>

Lockdown Skeptics

The Daily Sceptic

offsite link Outcry As Muslim Children in Italy Exempted From Studying Dante Sat May 25, 2024 19:00 | Richard Eldred
A fierce debate over cancel culture has erupted in Italy over a school's decision to exempt Muslim pupils from studying Dante's The Divine Comedy due to its portrayal of Mohammed in hell.
The post Outcry As Muslim Children in Italy Exempted From Studying Dante appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Hay Festival ?Caves? to Israel Boycott Pressure and Drops Sponsor Sat May 25, 2024 17:00 | Richard Eldred
Following a celebrity boycott, the organisers of the Hay Festival have terminated their sponsorship deal with investment firm Baillie Gifford due to the firm's ties to Israel and fossil fuel companies.
The post Hay Festival ?Caves? to Israel Boycott Pressure and Drops Sponsor appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Bar Children From Social Media Until Age 16, Say MPs Sat May 25, 2024 15:00 | Richard Eldred
A ban on social media for under-16s is being urged by MPs amid concerns about its detrimental effects on children's well-being.
The post Bar Children From Social Media Until Age 16, Say MPs appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link The Archbishop of Airmiles: Justin Welby Racks Up 48,000 Miles on Foreign Trips Despite Lecturing Pe... Sat May 25, 2024 13:00 | Richard Eldred
Green evangelist Justin Welby has been accused of hypocrisy for racking up 48,000 air miles while simultaneously urging his congregations to achieve Net Zero carbon emissions.
The post The Archbishop of Airmiles: Justin Welby Racks Up 48,000 Miles on Foreign Trips Despite Lecturing People About Climate Change appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Top Academic Accuses British Medical Journal of ?Abandoning Science? Sat May 25, 2024 11:00 | Richard Eldred
The British Medical Journal is under fire for ditching research from top academics due to their belief that sex is biological and immutable.
The post Top Academic Accuses British Medical Journal of ?Abandoning Science? appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

Lockdown Skeptics >>

Voltaire Network
Voltaire, international edition

offsite link ?Democracy?, European Union version, by Thierry Meyssan Tue May 21, 2024 07:19 | en

offsite link The Blood-Red Sunset of the West, by Manlio Dinucci Mon May 20, 2024 10:05 | en

offsite link Voltaire, International Newsletter N°87 Sat May 18, 2024 05:29 | en

offsite link Europa Viva 2024 kowtows to the Straussians Sat May 18, 2024 03:01 | en

offsite link The world economic order is falling apart, by Alfredo Jalife-Rahme Fri May 17, 2024 08:13 | en

Voltaire Network >>

Bio Technology and G.M.O.s sponsored by the Irish tax payer

category cork | environment | opinion/analysis author Saturday September 06, 2008 23:03author by Stuart Report this post to the editors

Conference at UCC 24th till 27th august 2008

Inside the Boole building at UCC last month Government representatives of Departments of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Trade minister Billy Keleher, executives from global corporations Dow, Monsanto and B.P. , Patent Lawyers and trade mark agents, members of the scientific research community, delegates from the pharmacuticle industry and the world bank.
Outside between 30 and 40 people representing stake holders of Planet Earth P.L.C. including organic farmers, Irish seed savers, Brown Envelope Seeds, G.M. Free Ireland and the Socialist Party.
Cost to you or me to be inside €810.

Also in attendance among what appeared to be a jamboree of the worlds aspirant and established Bio-Technology bussiness and scientific community ONE dissenting voice was to be given a platform amidst dozens of workshops and lectures. An A.U.N. delegate who had studied the role of G.M.O.s in solving world food shortages and found its contribution to be marginal and over hyped. Also in attendance a lone representative of the Norwegian Government keeping an eye on developments in the industry and when approached by protesters seemingly in the anti G.M. camp, and a Dutch TV crew ! ( Irish media nowhere to be seen ) Also notable by their absence Green Party politicians

Having read through several papers on this conference including one from MONSANTO on sustainable agriculture ! which reads as if they have become a branch of GORTA or OXFAM with stakeholder involvement and core community values, until you get to page 3 where 'after a positive outlook and a strong performance earnings per share up 36%' their true colours come shining through !

On the subject of strong performance, in all the words I have read and heard about GMOs and the Bio Technology industry I HAVE NEVER COME ACROSS ANY FACTS OR FIGURES DEMONSTRATING CONCLUSIVELY INCREASED YIELDS OR LOWER INPUT COSTS, NOT ONCE.

Inside the conference from monday to wednesday such topics as :
The role of agri- biotech inovation and international competitiveness

Mining for health promoting bioactives

Assessing the potential impact of GM crops for Ireland (TEAGASC )

One thing is very clear reading about this conference the reach of Bayer crop sciences, BP Aventis et all is that entrenchment into the labs and universities is global and deep.

Finally one more observation, for a subject so interlinked with the web of existance a representaive from the science of Ecology seemed to be TOTALLY ABSENT, such a representative would no doubt point out that cabbages and tomatoes just dont cross any more than ducks and chickens ever would I wonder why !!!

© 2001-2024 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy