To the Editor
The letter to the editor in which the author wonders that I have never been called on to explain the support shown by two ex-NDP premiers for GMOs. It has been my experience that when journalists want an explanation for the actions of politicians they usually go to the source. I hardly feel it is my place to explain the historical thinking and actions of provincial leaders, NDP or otherwise.
Many politicians of all stripes have believed in all the hype and promises that have been made by industry players, few if any of which have come to bear. They have jumped on the GMO bandwagon without really having considered all the social, environmental, market and health implications inherent in a patented technology that undoubtedly offers far more risks than benefits. Do we really want grass and alfalfa that is impervious to weedkiller? Do we really want or need to eat pigs that are part mouse?
All politicians have their own constituents and conscience they must answer to. Mine tell me I am on the right path in doing my utmost to keep science in the service of humankind, not just for those corporations with an endless hunger for power and profit.
Sincerely, Alex Atamanenko, MP
BC Southern Interior