Free trade and GMOs

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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


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.

Many thanks,


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 tri­ or posted to PO Box 3, Palmer­ston North to be re­ceived by 4pm on the Thurs­day prior to pub­li­ca­tion.

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