Wednesday, December 14, 2005

European Greens at WTO in Hong Kong

Genetically Modified Organisms. Should global corporations be allowed to sell them wherever they please in this new, globally interconnected world? Should local governments by allowed to tell corporate interests that they can not peddle these wares in their communities?

Caroline Lucas, Green Member of European Parlament, is in Hong Kong carrying a petition to the World Trade Organization, and argues that

"The right of individual countries to decide whether or not to allow GMOs in their food chains or their environment is a key element of the democratic principles which are supposed to underpin the EU itself. Neither the WTO nor the EU have any right to overrule the clear majority of EU citizens who do not want GMOs in their communities."

Sounds a good deal like decentralization and community based economics to me.
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