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  1. SeattleSam

    You laugh, but in the United States people with arable land ask that we pay them not to grow food.

  2. Robert Bauer

    Ahhh. Another example of the “protection racket” on a national scale. And there is no guarantee that a future government there won’t simply renege on the deal…

  3. I keep praying that they discover a sh-load of shale gas under Washington DC.

  4. Che is dead

    “Thirty years after scientists first revealed they had created the world’s first GM crop, hopes that their potential to ease global malnutrition problems may be realized at last. …

    “Vitamin A deficiency is deadly,” said Adrian Dubock, a member of the Golden Rice project. “It affects children’s immune systems and kills around two million every year in developing countries. It is also a major cause of blindness in the third world. Boosting levels of vitamin A in rice provides a simple, straightforward way to put that right.”

    Recent tests have revealed that a substantial amount of vitamin A can be obtained by eating only 60g of cooked golden rice. “This has enormous potential,” said Dubock.

    But scientists’ satisfaction over the Golden Rice project has been tempered by the fact that it has taken an extraordinarily long time for the GM crop to be approved. Golden rice was first developed in 1999, but its development and cultivation has been opposed vehemently by campaigners who have flatly refused to accept that it could deliver enough vitamin A, and who have also argued that the crop’s introduction in the developing world would make farmers increasingly dependent on western industry. The crop has become the cause célèbre of the anti-GM movement, which sees golden rice as a tool of global capitalism. …

    By 2000 the plant was ready for trials. However, it took another five years before test fields were grown, such was the resistance to the idea of introducing GM plants in many countries …

    “All the time, opponents to golden rice insisted, year after year, that it would not be able to produce vitamin A in those who ate it,” said Beyer, golden rice’s co-creator. “For example, it was alleged by Greenpeace that people would have to eat several kilograms of the stuff to get any benefit.”

    Two studies, both published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, demolished this claim. …

    The Guardian

    Yes, it’s better that two million children die, or go blind, every year than to have ennobled Third World countries reduced to becoming the tools of global capitalism.

    How many poor children do these left-wing assholes get to kill before we round them up and put them on trial? We tried the Nazis, didn’t we?

    Just keep repeating to yourselves, “It’s the conservatives who are anti-science. It’s the conservatives who are anti-science.”

    1. How many poor children do these left-wing assholes get to kill before we round them up and put them on trial? We tried the Nazis, didn’t we?

      It’s hard to say. They still haven’t been charged with killing tens of millions, mostly children, with restrictions on DDT.

  5. The only problem I see is that no property rights are secured. If “pick-a-green-org” ponied up the money and bought that land then they are free to not drill on it. Ecuador just demanded the money so they could just turn it into a flow if they actually received it, i.e. protection racket. Of course, there’s the problem of whether anyone would actually believe the property rights would be enforced.

    1. morganovich

      tom-

      even if “pick a greenie” did buy the land, that is no guarantee either.

      this is ecuador we are talking about. government could change, eminent domain used, foreign property seized, who knows? they were run by the army as recently as the late 70′s. while they have been democratic since, recall that venezeula was democratic too…

      i simply would not trust ownership of something that valuable and tempting in central/south america.

      1. morganovich

        i simply would not trust ownership of something that valuable and tempting in central/south america.

        Exactly. So the rational response to the offer is “no thanks”.

        Or, perhaps the (relatively) small amount of money donated so far is a good indication of how serious “pick-a-greenie” really is about conserving natural environments.

        1. morganovich

          on the other hand, $350mm in donations may say a great deal about just how credulous and naive some of the greenie folks are.

          by government standards, sure, that’s not a lot of money, but that is not chump change to most organizations.

          1. on the other hand, $350mm in donations may say a great deal about just how credulous and naive some of the greenie folks are.

            True. Either because they’re overly optimistic about the security of property rights in Ecuador, or they have overestimated the level of actual commitment of folks who loudly demand that rainforests be saved.

  6. Well here’s the chance for all those tree huggers to put their money where their alledged compassion is supposedly…

    Go for it!

    Seriously couldn’t the way the North Slope was exploited be some sort of template for this bit of Ecuadoran paradise?

    1. Eww! A perverted sapling molester.

      1. Eww! A perverted sapling molester“…

        Heck ron, you should see him with his bear costume on…:)

        1. Trees AND kids? What an equal opportunity degenerate.

          1. Trees AND kids? What an equal opportunity degenerate“…

            Yes ron, a well rounded perv…;)

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