Why do we buy things we don’t want?
InSTeAD oF ImPoSInG TArIFFS. as proposed in your report of 16 october, would it not make more sense to ban genetically modified foodstuffs? Look at the source of the cheaper imports. by and large the United States is the major source. That means those products are coming from the world’s highest cancer ridden nation. Do you not see a link?
Wouldn’t this achieve your same end-goal? Without the lower cost imports in South Africa we’d have to replace those imports with locally grown products. That would drive up the costs (no lower cost substitutes) and allow our producers export parity without the hassle of transport, specific package requirements, damage in transit (temperature, humidity, rodents, time), etc.
Why should our farmers have to ship to europe, which wants our non-genetically modified products, when we’re prepared to pay for those superior products? The International monetary Fund, several trade agreements and proposed, but failed, agreements call for a reduction of tariffs. not one of those agreements has ever stated we must buy something that we don’t want. Let’s all stand together and say: “We don’t want genetically modified food products.”