Search

 

Cablegate: G0vernment Paper

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS HARARE 002061

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR AF/PD, AF/S, AF/RA
NSC FOR JENDAYI FRAZER
LONDON FOR GURNEY
PARIS FOR NEARY
NAIROBI FOR PFLAUMER

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PHUM KPAO KMDR ZI
SUBJECT: G0VERNMENT PAPER


1. Under headline "Correct labeling of GM food a must"
the government-owned daily "Herald" uses its September 7
editorial as a petulant parting shot at food assistance
from the U.S. Excerpts:

2. "Now that government has accepted genetically modified
food aid from the American Government, it is imperative
that this food be appropriately labeled to give consumers
and aid beneficiaries a choice to either starve or risk
eating it. The measures that have been put in place to
quarantine the American maize and closely monitor its
transport, milling and distribution will certainly go a
long way in protecting the country's agricultural industry
from contamination. However, without any conclusive
evidence on the effects of GMOs on human beings, the
responsibility of eating this food now lies with the
individual consumer and aid beneficiary. If government had
its way and enough resources to source and import clean
maize to feed the entire nation, it would definitely not
risk the health of its people. . . So the final
responsibility lies with Zimbabweans themselves to either
eat or not provided they have adequate information warning
consumers that this food is genetically engineered. . ."

SULLIVAN

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 


Myanmar: Military Must Stop Murdering And Jailing Protestors – Bachelet

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Thursday said security forces in Myanmar must “halt their vicious crackdown on peaceful protestors,” following another day of deadly violence across the country on Wednesday... More>>

Syria: Economic Decline, Rising Hunger And Surging Humanitarian Needs

Syria’s fragile economy has “suffered multiple shocks” over the past 18 months, with its currency plummeting and joblessness swelling as people struggle to cover their basic needs, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council ... More>>

OECD: Final Quarter Of 2020 Shows Continued Recovery In G20 International Merchandise Trade

G20 international merchandise trade continued to rebound in the fourth quarter of 2020 ( exports up 7.2% and imports up 6.8%), following the sharp falls seen in the first half of 2020, as lockdown measures affected trade globally. Although growth ... More>>


Focus On: UN SDGs


UNFCCC: Greater Climate Ambition Urged As Initial NDC Synthesis Report Is Published

UN Climate Change today published the Initial NDC Synthesis Report, showing nations must redouble efforts and submit stronger, more ambitious national climate action plans in 2021 if they’re to achieve the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global temperature rise by 2°C—ideally 1.5°C—by the end of the century... More>>


2021: Critical Year To ‘reset Our Relationship With Nature’ – UN Chief

During this time of “crisis and fragility”, the UN chief told the United Nations Environment Assembly on Monday that human well-being and prosperity can be vastly improved by prioritizing nature-based solutions. Painting a picture of the turmoil ... More>>


Paris Agreement: UN Secretary-General António Guterres To Mark U.S. Reentry With Envoy For Climate John Kerry

Watch live at webtv.un.org UN Secretary-General António Guterres will join U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John F. Kerry at an event marking the United States’ reentry into the Paris Agreement this Friday. The discussion with the Secretary-General ... More>>