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July 30th, 2010:

Hybrid Seeds in Haiti

One controversy I seem to have completely missed out during my break was the protests over seed donations to Haiti this summer.

Yup, I said protests over donated seeds.

Well, (you might think): if these people are honestly convinced genetically engineered crops are dangerous (and clearly there are people in the world who really believe that) you can see how they’d react badly to feeling like they were be offered something that could harm their health, even (or perhaps especially) if it was being given freely as a gift.

Unfortunately even that rationalization isn’t any use here, since none of the donated seeds were genetically modified, as (almost) all the coverage eventually gets around to mentioning.

As far as I can tell at this late date the reasons people are upset boil down to three issues: (more…)