- Three questions
to Jacques Gaillot
Activists opposed to transgenic crops
gathered on July 25 in Haute Garonne, France, to cut genetically
modified corn plants in open fields. You already participated
in such actions. Can you explain your involvement in this non-violent
Twice I was asked to join a group of activists to remove transgenic
rapeseed and corn in open fields. These actions were prepared
in secret. We were not many: a few movie producers, writers,
major politicians or union members.
We symbolically wanted to alert public
opinion of the danger for the environment and human health of
using GMO, and to request a debate.
On July 25, it was different: it was publicized and every body
Certain studies see positively
the use of GMO. It would help developing countries. What do you
I think the opposite. Powerful corporations
like Monsanto in the United States try to impose everywhere their
products and to have the monopoly of seeds. Developing countries
will become more dependants.
How do you explain that there
are so few debates about GMO and one has to engage in civil disobedience?
Like the use of nuclear energy, the debate is obliterated. Lobbyists
are powerful enough to prevent citizens from taking the decision.
The challenge of civil disobedience is to dispute the private
interests of Corporations and to favor the common good.