Southern Africa Food Crisis

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 2:43 pm on 6th February 2003.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour/Co-operative, Stroud 2:43 pm, 6th February 2003

I apologise for arriving late and missing the Minister's introductory remarks.

Countries reject GM food for two reasons. They might have a principled objection to it. They might also have a strategic view: if GM crops are planted or if GM gets into the environment by mistake, they will be blacklisted if and when they want to supply food to other parts of the world that have a GM-free policy. That is why Africa is in a double bind.