The United States is forever trying to come to the rescue of other nations even when our help isn’t wanted. We like being the hero and we don’t mind sending funding (and other things) to stop the bleeding for whoever needs it in spite of our circumstances at home.
That’s exactly what the United States government was trying to do when they offered up corn to help feed millions of starving people in Africa in 2002. They were armed and ready to provide tons and tons of GMO corn to Africa without blinking an eye. Surprisingly the offer was refused.
Many Zambians in rural areas had resorted to eating leaves, twigs and even poisonous berries and nuts to cope with the worst food crisis in a decade hitting southern Africa. In spite of their dire circumstances and the opportunity to relieve hunger for some 2.5 million Zambians, their government refused to accept donations of genetically modified corn from the United States.
The response to our offer by the Zambian President is very telling. We could stand to learn a few things from this third world country:
“We would rather starve than get something toxic,” said Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa”
Naturally the United States insisted that the U.S.-donated corn was “perfectly safe” and “identical to grain eaten by American citizens every day”, the Zambian officials were fearful that the gene-altered corn posed health risks to their citizens. Just think, they were wise enough to refuse our GMO corn 11 years ago while U.S. citizens are still being told that it’s safe. Hmm…
In spite of the warnings about the danger of GMO’s, in spite of the fact that other countries refuse to buy our food because of GMO’s, in spite of the fact that our GMO
garbage corn was refused by a starving nation, we continue to believe the lies that we are told about “safe standards” and we continue to eat, eat, eat without a care in the world.
I pray that we never know what it’s like to face starvation in America but I long for a government that would take a stand for our health and safety and would be so bold as to say “We would rather starve to death than to eat something toxic”.
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