As Philip Brasher reported yesterday on the Des Moines Register Green Fields blog, European Union Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Cioloş (photo, right) sounded like the anti-Tom Vilsack, the American Secretary of Agriculture.
Some of Cioloş’s comments:
“We have our tradition for food and we have our appreciation for what it means for the quality of food.”
“When you ask the citizens they want to use more sure products, consume more sure products, more quality products. They buy the food, so they have the right to choose this food.”Also, according the Brasher, “Cioloş told reporters the biotech issue ‘is a preoccupation of American authorities’ and that they are following the ‘scientific analysis from one side, the producer of this GMO.’ GMO, a common acronym for biotech crops, stands for genetically modified organism.”
Is it possible that the esteemed commissioner was being politically correct, especially since he was speaking in English? My Romanian isn’t too good, but I think what he really wanted to say was:
“Hey, Obama, WTF with your kissing of Monsanto’s ass? USDA approval of genetically engineered alfalfa AND sugar beets within a week? Dude, doesn’t that sort of run counter to the organic garden on your front lawn?”