Why do we buy things we don’t want?

Finweek English Edition - - Letters - ANONY­MOUS

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.”

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