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March 30, 2000


Greenpeace comments


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Here is the relevant quote:

"Mr. Haerlin of the Greenpeace campaign made a strongly worded speech at
conference here. To an audience of scientists, he said that many scientists
were liars and that "smarter science and smarter scientists" were needed to
improve organic farming.

He was criticized by an African official of the United Nations Food and
Agricultural Organization, who said, "Organic farming is practiced by 800
million poor people in the world because they can't afford pesticides and
fertilizers -- and it's not working."

In remarks to reporters afterward, Mr. Haerlin dismissed the importance of
saving African or Asian lives at the risk of spreading a new science that he
considered untested. The Greenpeace position, he said, was that research
could continue as long as no seeds or animals were ever released."