Free trade and GMOs
There may be more detrimental aspects of the TTP which most of us are not aware. From 2001 to 2008, Islam Siddiqui was a staunch US lobbyist for, and vice president of, CropLife America. He represented Monsanto, BASF, Bayer, Dow, DuPont, Syngenta – the biggest and most aggressive biotechGMOcorporations in the world. The federal government’s Chief Agricultural Negotiator [from 2011- 13], he was up to his ears in negotiating the TPP. Siddiqui is a disinformation pro. For example, the most widely used pesticide in the world, deployed in conjunction with Monsanto’sGMOcrops, was tested so ‘‘thoroughly’’ for safety that it is now declared a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization. You may have heard of it: Roundup. Siddiqui’s tenure negotiating US interests in the TPP surely favoured big biotech, and all the companies who sellGMOcrop-seeds and pesticides. The predicted outcome of the TPP vis-a -vis GMOs? It’s obvious. Nations who resist the importation ofGMOfood crops will be sued inprivate tribunals, for interfering with ‘‘free trade’’. This is the future writ large unless the TPP is derailed.
Wally Richards Palmerston North
I take issue with Al Winder’s comment that the Syrians, immigrant or refugee, are the creators of their own problems.
The US has created most of the problems in the Middle East and now hide behind the security of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans leaving Europe, and others, to clean up their mess.
Eric Constantine Palmerston North
RED NOSE APPRECIATION
Thank you so much for your support for Red Nose Family Fun Day. I really appreciated the coverage you gave to our event. The articles you wrote were great, and the photos were wonderful!
I amvery proud of our effort, and the support from Manawatu really did blow me away!
Together we definitely put Manawatu on the map for Red Nose Day and we’ve helped Cure Kids help so many kids with their ongoing research.
LaurelWiniata Palmerston North
The Friends of the Ballet event on Sunday 13 with Sir Jon Trimmer was a well-attended success.
Thank you for your piece in The Tribune, it all helps.
We got great pics in the Manawatu Standard on Monday also. Sir Jon will be delighted. Maryanne Mechen Palmerston North HAVE YOUR SAY The Tribune welcomes letters. They should not exceed 250 words and must carry a genuine name, home address and daytime phone number. Preference is given to letters exclusive to The Tribune . Letters may be edited. They can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to PO Box 3, Palmerston North to be received by 4pm on the Thursday prior to publication.