Shun ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied seeds

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE ED­I­TOR, Sir: THE FU­TURE of agri­cul­ture in Ja­maica is not in the pro­mo­tion of ge­net­i­cally al­tered pro­duce, nor is it in leas­ing large acreages of our vi­able de­vel­oped lands to sin­gle en­ti­ties!

Our ‘re­search ex­perts’ have al­ready al­tered a num­ber of our prime crops, which have only made them sus­cep­ti­ble to wide­spread dis­eases that re­quire ex­tremely poi­sonous con­trols in or­der to bring a crop to com­ple­tion.

In ad­di­tion, the eat­ing of this pro­duce leads to the poi­son­ing of hu­man be­ings, con­tribut­ing to the scourge of ill­nesses in our so­ci­ety. Gin­ger, pa­paya, ba­nana, and pineap­ple are just a few of the prod­ucts al­tered and in wide­spread pro­duc­tion for years, so con­sumers need to ask ques­tions!

Be­ware, all grow­ers! Whether you are a back­yard gar­dener or you are a small, medium or large farmer, ask if the seeds you are be­ing sup­plied with are or­ganic or ge­net­i­cally al­tered in any way. We have a right to know!

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