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Tuesday, May 13, 2003

 

Coalition of the Willing prepares attack after too many broken promises
No, not that Coalition of the Willing. This one: The USA, Argentina, Canada, Egypt, Australia, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru and Uruguay are all a part. And not that promise-breaker, this one.
The United States, Argentina, Canada and Egypt formally requested consultations in the World Trade Organization on the anti-biotechnology moratorium, enacted by European countries in 1998 amid a public revolt over genetic engineering of food. The request is a first step in a challenge by the four countries alleging that the ban violates fundamental free-trade principles. At least nine other countries -- Australia, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru and Uruguay -- have agreed to join the case as third parties in support of the United States' position, U.S. officials said.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick and Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman announced the move in Washington, and it was greeted by a chorus of praise on Capitol Hill. American farmers and, to a lesser degree, biotechnology companies have been calling for such a move for months. Zoellick said the government's patience had run out after years of promises from the European Union that the moratoriums imposed by its member states would be lifted.
And, of course, the typical objections are being raised:
The European Union, in a statement, called the American-led action "legally unwarranted, economically unfounded and politically unhelpful."
Sound familiar? This is all pretty much for show, of course (that's the thing about international courts), but this should help convince wary African countries to open their arms to GM products.

I'm continually impressed by Australia, joining the suit even though the only GM crops they sell are cotton and carnations. They are proving to be a quality ally all around, and I'm very pleased with that.

And, once again, the remarkably diverse list of countries shows that the US, again, is very much on the world's side, and the North-Continental Europe bloc that dominates the EU is most definitely not.
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