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June 8, 2000


Shiva, Charles, research, fellowships


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Date: Jun 09 2000 14:43:43 EDT
From: "Dr. Jose Luis Solleiro"
Subject: RE: Shiva and Charles

Well, I met Ms. Shiva in Mexico last year and it was striking for me to
listen her statement about innovation. She said that we should refuse to
use any technology being against traditional practices of farmers in
developing countries. This vision would only assure underdevelopment for
those farmers.
Denying innovation is therefore an attempt against poor societies in
theThird World.

Josť Luis Solleiro

Date: Jun 09 2000 12:38:59 EDT
From: John McCarthy
Subject: King Charles

I look forward to the British continuing the three century old custom
that odd-numbered kings named Charles have their heads cut off.


'Let Prince Charles Travel By Bullock Cart When He Comes to India'

October 1999

Chengal Reddy is president of the Andhra Pradesh Farmers' Association.
'The Green Revolution has helped India move from a state of dependence to
a stage of independence in terms of food production', he says.
'Nobody starves in India because of lack of food.'

He dismisses the critics of fertilisers and GM crops. 'It is like someone
telling me when some disease like malaria or bronchial asthma affects me
that I'm not supposed to use modern medicines. In Indian agriculture
production has to go up; this cannot be done with traditional farmyard
manure, this has to be done with chemical fertilisers and more
high-yielding and genetically modified seeds to increase production. What
else should we do? Environmentalists say don't use chemical fertilisers.
Okay, we will produce one ton, not three or four tons. Once we reduce our
productivity levels, how will we meet our
food requirements? Will these environmentalists ask us to import food from

'You should tell Prince Charles who advocates organic farming. Let him
travel by bullock cart or horse or small boat driven by wind when he comes
to India. Why should he travel by Boeing aircraft?

'Farmers in India are in favour of the best technology and best seeds.
Hybrid seeds and genetically modified seeds are demanded by most Indian
farmers. Most activists have little to do with agriculture. If a seed
produced by "X" company gives me more returns, more income, less
expenditure, I will use it. If it doesn't I will reject it. If I use my
own seed the productivity is hardly 50 percent of what is expected. If I
go in for a high-yielding hybrid variety my production will be 100
percent. So which do I prefer?'

Chengal Reddy is just as scathing about opponents of the Narmada dam
project. 'Someone telling us that we should not build dams so that we
can't irrigate, it is bloody absurd. Some of us are telling the
environmentalists that they should stay in Delhi.

'Everyone tells us that the tribals and the villagers in rural India
should remain as they are. But they are not
showpieces, animals to be kept in a zoo, so somebody can come and see
them. They want to be reformed; they want to be like you and me. You use
showers, but you want a tribal to bathe in the river. We want the
tribals in India to get out of the wretched situation they are in and live
like civilised people.'

Date: Jun 09 2000 12:18:46 EDT
From: "C. S. Prakash"
Subject: Fwd: GM Food Safety Research

From: Robert Vint
Subject: GM Food Safety Research

Dear Dr Prakash,

I am trying to compile a summary of the independent and long-term research
that has been carried out to date on the possible effects of GM foods on
humans - especially children and those with allergies.

Could you send me references for any peer-reviewed research of this kind
that has been carried out over a five year period or more by scientists or
research institutes not financed by biotech corporations.

I would also welcome details of any programmes for monitoring the general
public to detect possible symptoms caused by GM foods.

Most of the research that I have been told about seems to have been
carried out by GM companies on animals such as fish over periods of weeks
rather than years.

Yours sincerely,

ROBERT VINT, National Co-ordinator

Date: Jun 09 2000 12:36:52 EDT
From: "C. S. Prakash"

Center for International Development at Harvard University
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University


The Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Program offers post-doctoral
fellowships to developing country candidates in Science, Technology and
Development under the auspices of the Biotechnology and Globalization
project supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. The aim of the project is
to provide research-based information to policy-makers and the general
public on the role of biotechnology in the global economy with emphasis on
its implications for developing countries. The project covers issues such
as evolution of the biotechnology industry; biotechnology in international
trade; intellectual property rights in biotechnology; biotechnology and
international relations; bioprospecting; biotechnology in developing
countries; environmental aspects of biotechnology; biotechnology and human
health; and ethics, social values and biotechnology.

STI Program

The STI Program addresses the role of science, technology and innovation
in development. It examines recent trends in globalization and their
implications for the use of science and technology in the developing
world. It focuses on how to mobilize the world?s pool of scientific and
technological knowledge to contribute to economic growth in the developing
world. Emphasis is placed on science and technology policy issues related
to biotechnology and globalization, pharmaceutical research and
conservation of biological diversity.

The STI Program is implemented through research, training and outreach. It
is a joint activity of the Center for International Development (CID) at
Harvard University and the Science, Technology and Public Policy (STPP)
Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at
Harvard University. It is implemented in cooperation with the Program in
Science, Technology and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of


Fellowships are offered for one year, with an option for renewal. STI
Program seeks applicants from developing countries in fields related to
the application of science and technology to development with emphasis on
biotechnology and globalization. Disciplinary background may include
molecular biology, genetics, botany, agronomy, ecology, agriculture,
economics, law, political science, philosophy and international relations
and other relates fields. Ability to operate in an interdisciplinary
environment is an essential requirement. Fellows are expected to
participate in collaborative activities. Their work is expected to lead to
a book, monograph, or other significant publication during their tenure.


The STI Program offers 10-month stipends of $31,000. The awards are
limited in number and so interested applicants are encouraged to seek
funding from other sources. Applicants should indicate whether they expect
full or partial funding. They should also indicate other potential sources
of funding. Non-stipendiary fellowships will also be considered.


Each applicant should submit a:

1. 3-5 page research proposal showing its relevance to the research
interests of the Biotechnology and Globalization project;
2. curriculum vitae;
3. list of the three people the applicant is asking to submit, directly to
the STI Program, recommendation letters; and
4. sample of the applicant?s writing (except books or lengthy manuscripts).


Applications must be received by 15 September 2000.

Mailing address

Program Coordinator
Science, Technology and Innovation Program
Center for International Development at Harvard University
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA