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Consumers Vote on Genetically Modified Food

"A food fight the U.S. is sure to lose" on genetically modified food (European Business, July 21) was an objective article that clearly and accurately laid out all the facts. I am no Luddite, but I would always avoid GM foods wherever possible, given all the assurances and then all the problems we've had in Britain with mad cow disease -- as Kerry Capell points out. With GM food, we may yet find we've got another time bomb on our hands, and for whose benefit? Only that of agribusiness, not the consumer.

Keith J. Appleyard

Brighton, England

Capell points out one very important factor about the current state of the global market: No longer can major companies, political movements, ecological activists (or any other "evil forces" you may name, depending on your personal opinions) impose upon the market to buy their products and vision. This may be capitalism's greatest victory -- people buy what they want, according to what providers offer them.

Arthur Da Silva

St.-Maur des Foss?s, France The black race's relief from poverty, wretchedness, and destitution lies squarely in the hands of the blacks themselves ("How to narrow the great divide," Economics, July 14). Blacks should rise up and embrace entrepreneurship and innovation to create jobs for their own. This is the only way out of destitution and poverty among blacks, as it is for all the human race.

Deebii Nwiado

Gentofte, Denmark I agree wholeheartedly with the letter from Adel-Mostafa about the Middle East ("Iraq needs help, but from where?" Readers Report, July 28, in response to "What Iraq needs most is pro-market reforms," Economic Viewpoint, June 30). I just returned from a [U.N. Economic & Social Commission for Western Asia] conference in Beirut on the subject of rebuilding Iraq. It is incumbent on all of us to help the Middle East realize its true potential and that of its people by extending more than humanitarian aid. Music, art, and culture are also key to rehabilitation and progress.

Jo Phillips


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