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Fw: Rice

-----Original Message-----
From: Co-op <>
To: Roberto Verzola <>
Date: Wednesday, April 28, 1999 1:57 PM
Subject: Re: Rice

>How does widespread use of chemical agriculture cause starvation and death?
>....and I don't want to "foist", anything on anyone.  I'm sure chemical
>companies would like to sell their products to the entire world so they can
>make money, I do not dispute that.  They try to sell where their is a
>market, and where there is not a market, they try to make one.

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Roberto Verzola <>
>To: <>
>Date: Wednesday, April 28, 1999 9:36 AM
>Subject: Re: Rice
>> >Again, Show me the numbers.  What would happen if we didn't use this
>> >technology?  I'll tell you.  There would be mass starvation and death.
>> >do you propose to feed the world without pesticides?
>>I am from the Philippines. Please stop worrying how you would feed
>>us... We'd rather work on it ourselves especially since you want to
>>foist your pesticides on us. MASIPAG, a Philippine organization of
>>organic farmers, boasts an average rice yield of 3.8 tons per hectare,
>>which is higher than our national average of 2.8 - 3.3 tons per
>>hectare (depending on whose statistics you use). In fact, it is the
>>widespread use of chemical agriculture that causes starvation (due to
>>increasing poverty) and death.
>>Roberto Verzola
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