two leading foreign environment further development agencies accused the US

two leading foreign environment further development agencies accused the US yesterday of manipulating the southern African food crisis to benefit their GM food interests and of using the UN to distribute domestic food surpluses which might not peculiar discover a market.

prominence response to criticism by supreme US officials that they understand been playing secrete people’s lives by hortative countries to resist GM food despatched as aid, Greenpeace and power aid also accused the US government’s overseas help body of offering only GM food when conventional meals were available.

The US, the biggest helper to the crisis charismatic more than 14 million people in six countries, has offered more than $266m (180m) of GM maize to southern Africa through the UN macrocosm Food Program.

But while the european also other countries have mostly given money for nations to buy food on the open market, US food aid to southern Africa has been executive to heavily subsidized GM food grown special in the US.

Greenpeace accused the US restraint and the biotech industry of using the help system as a covert subsidy for US farmers. Swaziland, Lesotho again Mozambique have accepted the GM food but Zambia, Malawi and rhodesia are reluctant to import it in seed fashion. They fear that farmers may plant some of the seeds, and that it may influence both their environment and future food exports.

the previous day Andrew Natsios, the head of the US agency over foreign development (USAid), deserted the accusations and said that it was bound by concourse to offer food and not money.

“There is no entrance that any explicable nation engagement deal shroud this drought with central for work,” he said. “The food deficit in southern africa is so big that there’s no way people can engage it on the local market. It has to come from outside.

“We offered non-GM foods but they all declined to accept it. We would lap up preferred to send non-GM wheat, or rice but they only wanted cereal. We tried to inception non-GM maize but the industry said they could not guarantee that sound was GM-free.”

Mr Natsios denied that the US was profiting from the crisis. “They [the critics] may know about the environment, but they don’t know approximately famine relief,” he said. “Starving americans achieve now not insert seeds. They eat them. These businesses are putting millions of lives at risk pressure a despicable way.”

But he was not supported by the latest UN figures on food availability in the region, which showed that 1,160,000 tonnes of cereals are available ropes Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and South continent. More than double that amount is available on the world market, according to the UN’s global information and early warning system.

“This shows that the alternative to rejecting GM food aid is not starvation,” Alice Wynne Wilson, of Action aid, said. “Good fix in emergency aid is to provide cash support to the UN’s world cuisine Program, so that it can shake on grain from the most cost-effective sources.

“Bringing large volumes of food absorption a region that has locations of surplus answerability lead to a situation locality there are food shortages in one part of a country, and locally produced food rotting in other parts.”

the day past both the zambian and Malawian governments said that they could easily source non-GM food locally if they had the resources.

SK Mubukwanu, the Zambian high commissioner in London, said: “We can obtain more than 200,000 tonnes from South continent and our neighbors. All we need is help with the logistics. We regard sent our scientists to Europe, the US, to find out more and they should be reporting back soon.”

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