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Michigan State University
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Soc 131 - Social Problems

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Bush Links Europe s Ban on Bio Crops With Hunger May 22 2003 By DAVID E SANGER NEW LONDON Conn May 21 President Bush charged today that Europe s ban on genetically modified food had discouraged third world countries from using that technology and thus undermined efforts to end hunger in Africa Mr Bush s accusation long a complaint of American farmers was made during a graduation speech at the United States Coast Guard Academy that dwelled on initiatives to combat AIDS and poverty It is almost certain to exacerbate the divisions between Washington and Europe that emerged before the war in Iraq While Mr Bush has made the case before that Europe should stop obstructing the sale of genetically modified food today was the first time he linked that policy with world hunger The speech signaled the tough stance Mr Bush is likely to take when he goes to France in 10 days for the annual economic summit meeting of seven major industrialized nations and Russia White House officials have already said Mr Bush plans no reconciliation with the leaders of France and Germany beyond what they call a perfunctory courtesy visit to President Jacques Chirac during the summit meeting to be held in the French town of vian In a speech that the White House said would put forward what aides called a positive agenda that would show a far softer side to American foreign policy Mr Bush insisted that widened use of high yield bio crops would greatly increase agricultural productivity in some of the poorest nations Yet our partners in Europe are impeding this effort he said clearly meaning France and Germany though he named no countries They have blocked all new bio crops because of unfounded unscientific fears The result he charged was that African nations that fear being shut out of European markets are not investing in the technology He appeared to be referring to countries like Uganda and Namibia European governments should join not hinder the great cause of ending hunger in Africa he said Mr



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