Activists & Scholars Demand that Cuba Renounce TransgenicsJuly 4, 2013 | Print |
HAVANA TIMES — Last Saturday, a group of activists and scholars from different nations who describe themselves as “friends of the Cuban revolution” issued an “Open Letter to the Cuban People” with warnings about the use of transgenic plant species in agriculture.
The letter – circulated via e-mail – calls for an “exhaustive public discussion” on agricultural practices based on the use of genetically modified organisms and the implementation of these practices in Cuba.
The signatories feel that the repercussions of using such technologies are unpredictable, “unplannable and potentially dangerous to human health and Cuba’s delicate ecological balance” and that Cuba ought to renounce their use entirely.
Those who signed the open letter, from the USA, Cuba and Spain, declare themselves opponents of the use of genetically engineered organisms in their own countries.
The response of the Cuban government to the open letter is not yet known.
It is significant that the letter addresses the Cuban people directly and not any of the country’s institutions.
The group who issued the letter includes participants to a recently concluded symposium, “Socialist Renewal and Capitalist Crisis”, held at the University of Havana.