by passing laws against it, all it means is that the great future discoveries in gm food that makes cheaper, more nutritious, easier to grow, better on environment, etc. foods that help developing people around the world, will move to places like china, where they laugh in your face about your ignorant sensitivies about gm food
so europe will fall by the side of the road in gm, and you guys can all enjoy your overpriced cheese (weren't y'all trying to tell the rest of the world a few weeks back that you own the rights to things like the word "campagne", "feta", etc?)
i think europeans got some sort fo stick up their ass about their food... it's just food, dude
at the best, europeans are snobs about their food stuffs, and will suffer the fate of snobs on any issue: irrelevance over time... the rest of the world really doesn't care about your little idosyncratic obsessions with your food
at the worst, europeans will be spending more money on their food than other people in the world, and maybe that's just fine... except for the fact that it shows you really don't give a shit about the poor in your own communities, never mind the rest of the world
do you europeans care about the world environmnet? do they care about the poor? prove it! don't stick your head in the sand over gm food! help shape the argument about gm food and it's promise by moving it in the direction of being nicer on the environment, about being more nutritious and cheaper for the poor... that's the promise of gm food!
but if you obsess over what monsanto is doing, and then retire from the debate in cynical dismissal about what evil captalistic companies are doing, you are doing no one any good
if you examine every argument about gm food, it all boils down to ignorance and unfounded fears
gm food really promises to give us cheaper, more nutritious foods that are nicer on the environment
fuck the capitalistic companies: you can shape how they work, you don't have to jettison them completely because they are inherently evil or something... they're not, they just follow the money trail a little too much. so fucking give them a slap in the face and redirect their efforts. that's what europe can do.
if you REALLY care about farming around the world taking less impact on the environment and destruction of rainforests, etc., than europeans would instead be reshaping the debate on gm: that is, europe can insist that all gm research is only into cheaper, more nutritious, less-environmentally imapcting foods.
but instead, europeans are just sticking their heads up their asses in denail about gm
they will reap the rewards of their unfounded fears: more expensive foods, and eventually, their great grandchildren will look at the food in the rest of the world in envy
and then, when europeans try to buy form us glow in the dark indianapolis popcorn, we can tell them that we own the rights to the word "indianapolis popcorn"
The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.