December 12, 2006
GM prohibition and Amazonian deforestation
"European consumer opposition to genetically modified (GM) crops has meant that most of the protein deficit [for livestock] has been supplied by northern Brazil, including the Amazon, which is the world's largest supplier of non-GM soy." This is causing part of the current Amazonian deforestation (from Daniel C. Nepstad, Claudia M. Stickler And Oriana T. Almeida, Conservation Biology). Note that the quote wrongly attributes the opposition to GM crops to European consumers. European consumers cannot choose between GM and non-GM crops because the former are politically forbidden. We are not allowed to express our preferences.