U.S. AIDS Assistance Plan Promotes U.S. Food
May 29, 2003
Within the $15 billion AIDS program that became law this week is a provision urging developing nations receiving help to accept US food aid, including products derived from genetically modified crops. The little-noticed part of the law is a non-binding recommendation; it represents the latest U.S. response to a decision by the European Union to close its markets to genetically modified foods. That ban has made some African nations hesitant about such food. Less than a week ago, President Bush charged that the Europeans' stance on genetically modified food is perpetuating African hunger. The provision was the work of Rep. Frank Ballance (D-N.C.), whose district includes corn farms. A spokesperson for the congressman said Ballance was concerned that people with AIDS might not obtain vital nourishment without U.S. food aid. An administration official said the White House had not played a role but added, "We agree with that principle."Adapted from:
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